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"How Low Can You Go?"

August 20, 2012

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Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 51:9-10

Years ago there was a song about "The Limbo, "you know the dance where people have to squeeze themselves under a stick… a stick which keeps getting lower and lower.

Part of that song has a bass voice asking the question, "How low can you go?"

"How low can you go" is the question I was asking after I saw a security camera video which came from a North Carolina Wal-Mart. Let me tell you what I saw.

The video begins with a lady seated in a non-moving electric scooter. Information supplied by the article says she was suffering from a medical issue. For all practical purposes she was unconscious. Thankfully her condition did not go unnoticed.

A big man in a striped shirt came up to the lady, looked at her, and then quickly left. In a short time the man was back again. The next scene cut to the security camera at the store's entrance. It showed the man leaving the store with the woman's purse. The last scene in the video showed the lady awakening to find her purse gone.

The distraught lady told authorities that along with her purse the thief had taken the $300 she needed to pay that month's bills.

Forget about "taking candy from a baby." The new low in life is the grown man who takes the purse of a wheel-chaired little old lady who is passed out.

I should be careful what I say. The Daily Devotion readers will fill my mail with other stories where somebody did something even lower.

The truth is our hearts are predisposed toward evil. That was the verdict of the Lord after the flood. Indeed, anyone who has looked into his heart knows that he is a sinner deserving God's wrath and punishment.

Which is why, like King David, we need to come to the Lord and ask that He blot out our iniquities. Erasing sin is something which, because of our Savior, the Lord is glad to do.

In fact the Lord goes further than wiping out the wrong. He also gives us new hearts and right spirits. No longer are we bound to go from sin to transgression to disobedience and back again. Because the Holy Spirit is there to encourage us, we can become witnesses to the Savior.

Which takes me back to the lady in the electric scooter… I'm proud to say that when the woman's story became public a Good Samaritan came forward and made up for the cash she had lost.

That individual made a witness to the Savior. By God's grace may we do the same when we come upon a problem, a need, an opportunity.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, there are people out there who are doing a lot of bad things. Today I ask that You will keep me from being one of them. At the same time I ask that You will allow me to witness Jesus to those who need the new heart and clean spirit which the Savior provides. In His Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 87-88    1 Corinthians 12

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