Looking within during troubled times

The rioting and violence that has broken out over the Killing of George Floyd  is almost as troubling as the murder itself.

What disturbed me the most about some of the footage I saw were all the whites who are violently protesting.

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I can understand the black community for being enraged, but most of the protesters I saw were whites.

No doubt, some are genuinely angered over the injustice, but is it possible that many may be driven by other motives?


  Jesus said that the light of the body is the eye, and if the eye is single
(no ulterior motives) our whole body is full of light. But if our eye is evil
our whole body is full of darkness. And if the light in us is darkness,
how great is that darkness? (paraphrased)


  Often we do not realize what motivates us until the appropriate
opportunity arises. Social destabilizing, where restraints are either
lifted or fail, gives way to opportunity to what would normally be
restrained or concealed. This is not an occasion to criticize others,
but to earnestly examine our own hearts. Given a convenient
opportunity, what would you or I do? Has hate, lust, greed, been given
 unchallenged shelter in the deep recesses of our heart?
Here are some suggestions to consider before taking action:


1- Where are your affections? The Bible says that we act on what
flows out of our heart. Ask yourself Why am I so...? Is it justifiable?
2- Who and what is your life’s resource? We tend to build
our lives on what and who we value and believe. Look at the end.
Where will it take you, especially from God’s perspective? He is the final Judge.
3- Who do you model yourself after? – We imitate our heroes, and
our fate will be like theirs if we follow their ways.


4 - What do you like to talk about? - Jesus said that out of the
abundance of the heart the month speaks. So if you want to know what
is really in your heart, listen to your conversations.


5 - Does the end product of your interests coincide with the
character and nature of Jesus Christ? If it doesn’t, perhaps you need to
re-examine your ambitions and interests.
  If we store up good things in our heart, when under pressure, that is what will come out. Do you love your neighbor? Do you fear God and keep His commandments?

What will explode out of you or I when put to the test? How much do we trust ourselves? The Bible says, “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” And “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
King David prayed, “Search me oh God, try me and know my heart, and
know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
 

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