Acts 7:17-29: But the man who was wronging his neighbor pushed Moses aside, saying, “Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?” When he heard this, Moses fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian.
I’ve learned a great deal about myself in these months of ‘distancing’ and spending time at home. The good news is that no one is watching. The bad news is that no one is watching.
Moses’ life changed dramatically because someone was watching. He defended another person by killing a man, but he learned later that someone else had witnessed the act. He could not give reasons or context when the story would be repeated, so he “fled and became a resident alien in the land of Midian.”
I hope that someday our society will get back to a place where we witness and stand up for important issues but let go of the petty transgressions that follow us everywhere. We have few people who will gently correct us, as most people nowadays either ignore others or try to catch them at something.
I do like the freedom of not worrying about what people think. But the bad news is that I have no witnesses to show me the need for a course correction. Moses acted to defend another human being, but knowing our hypercritical culture, would I take a stand for someone else?
And would I be more likely--or less likely--to do the right thing if I know someone else is watching?
Psalm 102; Judges 14:20-15:20; John 4:43-54
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