July 4, 2016

Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

As part of the 4th of July celebration this year our town unveiled a new 9/11 memorial made from a piece of a beam of the twin towers. Folks with personal connections to that event spoke and those of us who listened were truly moved. Just a day or two before Elie Wiesel died, the noted holocaust survivor and author. And so amid the picnics and the fireworks this Independence Day was a backdrop of the reality of evil. We know it is there even though thankfully most of us are at least one or two degrees removed from these big acts of evil touching our lives. We may wish to ignore it- pay a quick homage to the pain and move on. We may burn with anger and wish to lash out in some way shape or form. Paul reminds us in Romans that God did not deliver the vengeance we deserve as individuals or as a race but waded into the swamp of evil we call life as one of us. Jesus spoke the truth in love and then died and rose for it. He overcame evil with good. By our faith in him we are given the privilege to do the same. This week how can you be part of God’s overcoming evil with good?

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