“O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors;” vss. 1-3
As people of faith we have learned from our ancestors that there are certain standards for human behavior that must be upheld at every level if civilization is to survive. This psalmist laid those principles out in a way that cannot be misunderstood–his description of the holy life is as applicable in our time as it was in his. Admittedly, living a blameless life is a big ask, and there are few who would claim to actually walk in such a fashion. But most people don’t even seem to try. We label truths we don’t agree with as being “fake news,” and think nothing of spreading every kind of slander via our social media. Anyone who takes a principled stand will be pilloried with rumors, gossip and threats–and it’s taking place at every level. Instead of speaking the truth from the heart, folks are just making things up and the meaner the better. But just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean that people of the Way should join the crowd of liars. We will double down on our call to apologize for neighbors, speak well of them, and put the most charitable construction on all that they do. Holiness will never go out of date!
Thought for the Day: Why is walking a blameless life so hard?