What if the Killer Was Us?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Esther 1-2; Acts 5:1-21

21 At that time, as Mordecai continued to work at the King’s Gate, two royal eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, became angry with King Ahasuerus. They were among the guards protecting the doorway to the king, but they secretly planned to kill him. 22 When Mordecai got wind of it, he reported it to Queen Esther. She spoke to the king about it, saying the information came from Mordecai. 23 The matter was investigated and found to be true, so the two men were impaled on pointed poles. A report about the event was written in the royal record with the king present. (Esther 2:21-23, Common English Bible).

Over the past month, I have said a great deal here, relatively, about the tragedy at Santa Fe High School. My heart is still heavy due to what happened there. Having been a pastor in that community, having baptized one of the victims and playing a part in his memorial service it hit very close to home. It was so tragic and so needless. I hope, I pray, that the young man responsible will one day come to repent of his senseless actions.

It is to bad that there was not a Mordecai present. Don’t get me wrong, I am not blaming anyone, or saying someone knew what was going to happen and did nothing to stop it. That is far from the case. I sincerely doubt any of the young man’s classmates had any indication of what would happen that Friday morning.

In truth, not many of us get the opportunity to be Mordecai. Not many of us know of the plans of a would-be killer before those plans get carried out. We never get the chance to report things to the Queen Esther around us so the plans might be thwarted before they ever actually happen.

But, what if the killer was us? “Oh, Pastor, I have never killed anyone. No, I haven’t. I wouldn’t.” I know you haven’t. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t. This is a hypothetical question. I haven’t killed anyone either. Or, have I?

If I am being honest with you, and even more so with myself, I can and sometimes do kill the spirit of someone around me when I say or when I do something that attacks their heart or attacks their soul. I can kill someone’s soul when I spread rumors about someone or, just as bad when I allow them to move through my little corner of the world unchecked.

I know, without a doubt, I have done just that. I know I have done it more than once. There was someone there, at least one someone, who could have, who should have,  played the role of Mordechai, to me, being the guards in the story. Let me repent of my actions as one of the guards.

Yes, I do repent of my being one or both of the guards in the lesson. I have faith, help my unfaithfulness. Help me repent of being a guard but more importantly help me to remember that I am called to serve, not to gossip. I am called to build up, not to be one who kills the spirit.

If you are honest,  with others and yourself, you probably have been one who kills others in the ways I have mentioned and in ways, I don’t even know. We aren’t authorized to use the spirit as a weapon. We aren’t authorized to share the heartache of someone else. We aren’t called to share with others what God has done in their lives. We all have a call.

What’s your call,

Have a great day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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