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"A Dangerous Place"

April 6, 2003

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Psalm 43:1 "Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; rescue me from deceitful and wicked men."

Judica is Latin for "judge" or the act of judging. The word "vindicate" catches this meaning in English. A person can be vindicated when others know who they are and why they do what they do. Sometimes being vindicated is dangerous.

For example, it has always been dangerous to be Christian. The Romans persecuted Christians in the first century, and in the 21st Century, Christians are still persecuted around the world. In America, we like to think we're safe, but we also suffer persecution. We may not be killed for our beliefs, but we can be ridiculed and condemned for having what others consider a "closed minded" view of the world.

But we should not fear their judgment. God is our only judge. And He vindicates us because Jesus took our sins to the cross. This Sunday such vindication through Christ is remembered, especially as we look toward His resurrection. We are now vindicated and given a reason to live a certain way. We live for God because He gives us eternal life with Him forever in heaven.

Today's Bible Readings: Joshua 1-3    Luke 9:1-17

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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