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Lenten Meditation-John 2:15-16

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’

I yell at the radio. I yell at the television. Why? Because I feel that I am watching western society self-destruct and I am powerless to stop it. We abort children; we call unwanted pregnancies a punishment; we talk of birth control flippantly; we produce copious amounts of pornography; we destroy family; we destroy marriage; on and on and on. We normalize it all.  We glorify it all.  Right before our eyes the warning signs of our destruction. It’s not like it hasn’t happened like this before.

I’m beginning to sound like a broken record with these meditations. But, I am sick to death of the acceptance of this decline into immorality. I am not above it. Of course, I am not without sin. I pray that I can keep myself from sinking further into the abyss. I pray for strength, so that I might confront the evil I see within and without.  But the storm is growing within our culture. I feel it in the pit of my stomach. It’s like a gnawing worm in my gut.

Jesus knew what he had to do. And he set the world on the right path. He got angry that day at the temple. He had to. What am I doing?  Overturning tables in my mind. I fear for the future of civilization, Christianity, my children and all I do is yell at the radio and whine in my blog.

Prayer: Dear God, help me to be strong. Show me the way. Amen.


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