Judges 17:6 (New International Version)
6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
I wish I'd heard more of the interview, but it was a tantalizing clip that I heard on the fly from one place to another and I couldn't stick around to hear the end. It was on CBC radio--an American soldier speaking of interrogating a prisoner in Iraq. He described the man; tall and slim of frame, with long feet and toes, and long fingers.
The prisoner made no argument against the things he was accused of but he asked the soldier a question; "Are you a Christian?"
"Yes," said the soldier.
"You are not following the teachings of Jesus, to love your enemies and turn the other cheek," the prisoner replied.
The hours the soldier spent talking to this man, changed his perspective.
My point is not to comment on the war; the issues are complex. But the prisoner's question cannot be ignored as a challenge to all who call themselves by the name of Christ. Are we Christians?...Then how should we act?
This morning I read Judges 17, the story of a man named Micah who lived during a period of moral failure and idolatry in Israel. The religion Micah practised was hardly recognizable as the religion of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But maybe we shouldn't be so quick to judge Micah and his clan.
I felt challenged to measure my integrity to my faith. If I base my beliefs on God's Word I have need of his transforming.
Come Lord Jesus, into my life in greater power and purity. Transform my mind so that I love the things you love and hate the things you hate.
Romans 12:2 (New International Version)
2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.