Psalm 101: I will sing of mercy and justice; to you, O Lord, will I sing praises. I will strive to follow a blameless course; oh, when will you come to me? I will walk with sincerity of heart within my house. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes...
A recent opinion column declared we should be thankful to hear good news from Georgia, after its governor decided to “open” its economy. But would people who worried the move was premature hope to hear that Covid cases and deaths had risen? Has anyone become so enamored of “rightness,” that seeing people sicken and die would cause gloating?
I am sad to say that people do, too often, value rightness over righteousness. Human beings, particularly in our culture, are desperate to prove superiority, even when their certainty holds little truth or accuracy.
How would our society look if every person--even just every self-proclaimed Christian--chose to value compassion over competition? We need to return to exalting love of neighbor and the truth over our desperation to win over others.
I, like many people, worry about the fallout from loosening restrictions too soon. I fear that premature moves back toward “normal” will cost us lives, but I pray that I am wrong. I want to live in a place and time where we mourn others’ losses, where we celebrate others’ healing.
I’d rather be righteous than right.
Psalm 109; Isaiah 4:2-6; Ephesians 4:1-16; Matthew 8:28-34
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