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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Seductive Silence

What risks did Paul's nephew take in this story [Acts 23:12-22]? How might you be called upon this week to take a risk and stand up for someone whom others dislike? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1558).

The temptation to betray someone--even a friend-- in the name of personal social approval and acceptance is great.  The greatest temptation is merely to say nothing while a group of one's peers assassinates the character and reputation of another.  In the news of late is a police chief highly vulnerable to stereotypical allegations in which any type of empathy shown for him is met with disgust and ridicule.  Lynch mentality and "tar and feather" impulses impose their censorship on even a tad of charity and compassion.  In times like these we see that self-righteousness creates a volatile and consuming fuel even among those professionally dedicated to truth.

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