Woe!

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“I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted,

and the train of His robe filled the temple.”

Isaiah 6:1

Every time I think of Sybrina Fulton, I start to cry.

Her son was killed, and the killer was acquitted. I don’t know how much it hurts to (1) bury a son, (2) know that your son was innocent, (3) know that he died violently, and to (4) see his killer walk away with no consequences.  God knows.  He sacrificed a Son who was far superior to Trayvon.

Despite those burdens, she remains dignified, respectful, peaceful, forgiving – and godly.  I saw excerpts of an interview with her after the verdict was made public.  The interviewer asked, “What would you say to [your son’s killer]?”  Her response was that she would pray for him.  She said that she’s not going to allow herself to lose her blessings due to holding hatred in her heart.  She said the killer would one day have to give an account to God for what he did.

Woe!

As I was puzzling over the verdict, Isaiah came to my mind.  Years ago, I heard a sermon based on Isaiah 6.  Pastor wanted the youth to know how to hear the call of God and do the will of God.  He noted that when Isaiah was allowed to see the Lord, seated on His throne, receiving praise from the seraphs, Isaiah’s first response was “Woe is me . . . . I am ruined!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have see the King, the Lord Almighty” (v. 5).  His point was that when we see the Lord, we realize two things.  First, we realize how holy and pure and beautiful and righteous He is.  Second, by comparison, we realize how unholy, dirty, ugly and wicked we are.  That realization causes us to confess, “Woe is me!”

The closer we walk with god, the more He re-makes us in His image (2 Corinthians 3:18, Colossians 3:9-10, Ephesians 4:22-24).  I see evidence of that re-imaging in Sybrina  Fulton.  There should be a clear distinction between the people of God and everyone else.  I see that Ms. Fulton has been walking with God for a while.  I still have a long walk to go.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Isaiah 6:3

BOW is my first experience in blogging, and my writing has undergone an evolution since I started. I use If I Knew Then What I Know Now to think aloud about my Christian walk. When you read it, my hope is that WE (the BOW community & friends) then discuss how to apply God's word into our everyday lives in a practical manner. As Christian lay-theologians, we'll talk about our world, and how we can be in it but not of it. So whatever your thoughts are about what you read, PLEASE share.
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