"Not As A Thief's"
March 11, 2009
But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 1 Peter 4:15-16
When I ask, "How low do you think someone can go?" I'm not talking about a person who is doing the limbo.
No, I'm speaking about the new moral lowness recently found in Bremerton, Washington. There are many good people in Bremerton, good policemen, too. I'm sure they're just as glad as anyone else that three thieves have been caught.
Understand, these were not ordinary thieves. These were thieves who were going around using counterfeit money to buy Girl Scout Cookies.
We're not talking about buying a car or a vacation home in the Bahamas. We're talking about three people who ripped off the Girl Scouts.
This takes me back to the text for today's devotion, the words of Peter: "Let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or a meddler." In Peter's time, as in our own, there are some very nasty people -- people who prey upon the weak and defenseless.
One of the great strengths of Christianity is the fact that the vast majority of us do try to act in a moral, responsible, God-pleasing way. This we do not because we have to, but because we wish to give thanks to the Lord Jesus for having saved us.
By our lives, through the things we do, we are given opportunity to reflect His light of love to a world that is dark, very dark indeed.
As Peter said, that's the way we glorify the name of Jesus.
It's small consolation, but with people stealing from Girl Scouts, our reflected light ought to shine just a little bit brighter and a little further.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, with the things I read in the paper and hear on the news, I am amazed You came into this world to seek and save the lost. I stand in awe of Your love which reaches out to me and those who steal from Girl Scouts. In thanks, let me live my life uprightly so others may see the wonders of Your grace. In Your Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries