SCRIPTURE: Nahum 1:3
The Lord … will not leave the guilty unpunished.
Mahatma Gandhi is fasting to protest the riot killings that followed the partition that created Hindu India and Moslem Pakistan in 1947. A fellow Hindu approaches to confess a great wrong. "I killed a child," says the distraught man. "I smashed his head against a wall." "Why?" asks the Mahatma (Hindu for "Great Soul"). "They killed my boy. The Moslems killed my son." "I know a way out of hell," says Gandhi. "Find a child, a little boy whose mother and father have been killed, and raise him as your own. Only be sure he is a Moslem--and that you raise him as one."
Guilt is a horrible feeling. It will tear an individual up inside. Maybe that is a part of the punishment that comes from God. The wisdom of Mr. Gandhi offered to this individual is wise indeed … kind of like the idea of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.
We would do well as individuals and as a nation to try to see life from the other person’s perspective. Maybe we would begin to change our way of thinking instead of looking for witches under every rock or around every corner … or believing everything that comes to our in box via an email … or everything that we read on the internet via Google.
We need to start living as Kingdom people and in the process change the world! And then maybe the guilty feelings that we are covering up with our superior attitudes and/or fears will begin to breakdown the walls that divide us.
Help us Lord because boy do we need your help! Amen