The news has been full of information and discussion about the violence in Las Vegas and rightfully so.  Information and conversation is very important as we struggle with these issues.  However, as much as we live in a world where we all can be caught up in such tragedy, the reality is that it is still a very, very small percentage of persons who ever experience tragedy in such a large scale.  For most of us, our issues and problems are at a smaller level.  Nonetheless we need to continue to reflect on such issues, even if we never directly face them.

What is fascinating about the teachings of God is that while we may not be murderers ourselves or ever desire to purchase 48 guns to use on a crowd, we have to take seriously our own thoughts and actions.

Matthew 5:21-22English Standard Version (ESV)

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother or sister  will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother or sister will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.

Let us not forget that we are called to live in a different way and all of our anger, jealousies, bitterness and unforgiving nature causes us to live outside of the bounds of God’s kingdom.  We may think, I am not a murderer or thief but God is quick to remind us that even our anger causes us to live counter to how God calls us.

Prayer:  God forgive me for the times when I have coveted my neighbors things.  Creator God,  forgive me for the times when I have failed to forgive my brother or sister.  Loving God, forgive me for the times when anger or jealousy has trumped my ability to love.  Forgive me for all my sins.  Amen