If you turn on a news cast, at some point you will witness something disturbing, shocking or sad. Unfortunately, many have been desensitized by a barrage of extreme videos. Thus, as the average citizen become comfortably numb, a soul tormented by lawless deeds is either overlooked or forgotten.
For that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard, 2 Peter 2:8.
Ever since public education has de-emphasized moral absolutes, the line between right and wrong has been turned to gray. Subsequently, hearts and minds can become confused, unsure what’s acceptable and what’s frowned upon. In this politically correct climate, the law breaker can be excused if they hold a socially acceptable worldview. Yet if the shoe is on the other foot, a conservative will be verbally crucified for a similar transgression.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest, Matthew 11:28.
Lost in the shuffle are those individuals wounded by lawless deeds. When television cameras move on to the next city, disaster or scandal, those left behind must begin to pick up the pieces of their lives. Beyond these scars, an invisible voice calls out to the bruised and broken-hearted. May the hope of Jesus bring peace to souls tormented by lawless deeds.
by Jay Mankus