October 30

Psalm 24:1-6

“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.” vss. 3-4

Election day is fast approaching and for some of us it can’t get here soon enough! We are so tired of the endless litany of accusations being tossed back and forth by rival candidates…the political advertisements seem to be nothing more than steady streams of mistruths, misrepresentations, and outright lies. It would seem that our would-be leaders have taken leave of any pretense to being people of faith. We wonder how anyone who takes holiness seriously could completely abandon decency for the sake of winning office. The psalmist calls us back to God’s standards as he asks, “Who shall stand in his holy place?”  His answer is unequivocal. “Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false.” Admittedly all of us are sinners….it is the human condition…but that’s no excuse for the abysmal behavior we see being exhibited all around. Lying has become commonplace…and trust has been eroded. Oh how we long for honesty and integrity in our leaders! We can only pray that people of faith will stand strong in the face of the erosion of values. We know a better way…and we are blessed when we walk in the way of the Lord!

Thought for the Day: How clean are my hands? How pure is my heart?

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