MUSING – April 06 2018
WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEART OF MAN
“The authority to reward someone does not come from the east, from the west, or even from the wilderness. God alone is the judge. He punishes one person and rewards another.”
“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”, was the introduction from The Shadow radio program which I listened to as a kid. (Ya I know, I’m older than dirt) But that creepy voice always sent chills through my young body. The Shadow will hunt down the evil doers and exact justice … or vengeance.
Of all the superpowers that I dreamed of having (yes, I loved my comic books), “knowing the hearts of men” was never on my list. I didn’t even want to be able to read minds let alone know their secret desires and motives.
And as human beings we are guilty of judging people by how they look, or talk, or act. Paul wrote, “I have a clear conscience, but that doesn’t mean I have God’s approval.”* if saint Paul could right that about himself how much less can we claim to have God’s approval? No wonder we are warned to judge not lest we be judged.**
The best analogy that I can see is judging a sporting event. We may feel sure that we know the outcome of the event but we don’t actually know until it’s over. As humans we can, at best, judge people by their past and their present. However judges past, present, and future … as well as what lurks in their hearts.
But even that is not final because not only is God just he is also merciful as had provided us a way of repentance and forgiveness. Through the sacrifice of Jesus our sins can (if we accept the gift) be covered in his blood so that when the Father looks at our lives, all he can see is Jesus.
So be kind to one another. Lift each other in the love of God, for we do not know what evil or greatness it’s in their heart.
*1 Corinthians 4:4-5
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