The Word is the cure for social ills
REV. RUBY ANN DARLING
Published: May 16, 2013
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
From all corners of concern and across the political divide, a chorus sounds forth that in view of the mounting rise in crime in our land, there is little regard for words and phrases that form the legal format for law and order. Some go so far as to declare that there is no law here.
In a current television fast food ad, a mother is chiding her family for talking with food in their mouth. While there were no words being said, monosyllabic utterances told the tale of how good the chicken was, only for her to do the same thing on tasting!
Words, words and more words. Yes, words are more powerful than sticks and stones. Genesis begins with telling us that from the very beginning, God spoke loudly and clearly and a whole world came into being.
When the scripture is read in most churches, the reader proclaims “This is the Word of God for the people of God,” and the response is “Thanks be to God.” Today in our text, the Book of Hebrews is telling of the importance of the Word of God, not only to be read and recited, but to be acted upon.
In the 10th chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Jesus saying, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said unto him, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?” And he answering said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” And he said unto him, “Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. This is the Word of God for the people of God; plain and simple words that even a child can understand – love for God and neighbor.”
But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” And Jesus answering said, “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.”
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, “Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?”
The Word of God — A certain man, no name, no blame, no rank or station, leaving home in good faith for a good trip, but being attacked by thieves who took his money, his jewelry, his clothing and beat him leaving him in critical condition. The Word of God for the people of God. No, it may not be the Jericho Road, but many times on our very streets, robberies along with severe beating, and in some cases the victim is not left for medical attention to be given, but to be carried to the morgue.
Then there are other Jericho road experiences. Using the services of a local company to be transported to one of our Family Islands recently, someone remarked to me that the idea of such a company was brought forth by a young man from Over-the-Hill, but he was turned down by a lending institution only to have his plan scooped up by others. Many are those on the Jericho road of life who have persons steal ideas and dreams and so disable them that only the Grace of God sends help to put them on their feet again. Sad to say, those who know better do nothing to assist or chide those who have done others wrong. The Word of God for the people of God.
If only we would take heed to the Word of God, our country would be in a better state of affairs. Young men committing serious crimes much to the detriment of the country – no regard for law and order; innocent and trying to help someone in distress and a life is taken at the hands of those, in many cases, lacking parental upbringing.
Father help us in these troubled times to not only hear the Word for the sake of hearing, but be doers of the Word. The Word is the cure for all the social ills that rock the very core of the stability of our nation.
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