Thursday, 12 August 2021
Title: Evil Men in a Crisis
By Dr. Tho Lye Mun

“Don’t let a crisis go to waste”. Whilst it is unclear to whom this quote is attributed to, it is commonly used to describe people who capitalise on dire circumstances to advance their selfish personal agenda. Our pandemic has been no different. It has become increasingly apparent there are individuals who have taken advantage of the situation to consolidate their wealth and power at the expense of others. Ephesians 5:12 says, “it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”

The bible indeed has a lot to say about people who take advantage of others, not least Jesus. In Mark 10:42, Jesus tells us the pattern of the world is for “rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them”. In contrast he tells the disciples in the next verse, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant”.

What is our response as Christians to the gross injustice we see being perpetrated around us?

  1. I think we need to understand that these evil deeds will be coming to an end one day. They will be exposed, every detail, every twist and turn, there will just be no place to hide from the coming judgement. Meditating on scripture such as Ephesians 5 and Revelations 20, will help us gain perspective.
  2. We must not become part of the rot. Some of us during this time, will be presented with the opportunity to take “short cuts”. Ephesians 5:7 tells us “do not be partners with them (these evil men).”
  3. Let us support those whose are exposing evil, protecting the weak and feeding the hungry. Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them”. They need our assistance, prayers and finances to continue doing good. Please do help them.

Prayer:

Lord, through the crisis, evil is being exposed. We have a choice to join the good or the bad side. We choose to partner with those who are doing Your will, those who stand on the side of righteousness and truth. Please uphold them, please send your angels to watch over them, please give them strength and boldness. Watch over their families Lord.

每日灵粮
2021年8月12日,星期四*
题目:危机中的恶人
作者:陶乃文医生
翻译:吴淑娉姐妹

"不要让危机白白浪费",这句话不知是谁说的,它通常用来形容那些利用一些糟糕的情况,来謀求一己利益的人。就以目前的疫情来说,越来越明显的是:有人利用这种情况,以牺牲他人为代价,来巩固自己的财富和权力。以弗所书5章12节 :"因为他们暗中所行的,就是提起来,也是可耻的。"

对于惯于利用他人的人,圣经,特别是耶稣,的确有很多评论,在马可福音10:42,耶稣说现今世界的模式是因为"外邦人有君王治理他们",相反,在下一节,耶稣告诉门徒:"只是在你们中间,不是这样,你们中间谁愿为大,就必作你们的用人。"

作为基督徒,在目睹周遭所发生各种严重不公平后,应该作出什么反应?

  1. 我想我们需要明白,这些恶行总有一天会结束,在即将来临的审判,它们将被揭发,每一个细节、每一个转折,都会无所遁形。试默想以弗所书第5章和启示录20章会令我们有更深入透彻的看法。
  2. 我们万万不能同流合污。在此期间,我们当中一些人或有机会走捷径,以弗所书5:7告诉我们:不要与他们(恶人)同伙。
  3. 支持那些揭发邪恶的人、保护弱者、给饥饿的人温饱。以弗所书5: 11 :"那暗昧无益的事,不要与人同行,倒要责备行这事的人。"他们需要我们的帮助、祷告和资金继续行善,请帮助他们。

祷告:

主啊!通过危机,邪恶正被揭露,我们可以选择站在好或坏的一边,让我们与那些遵行祢的旨意、站在正义和真理这边的人合作。请支持他们、赐他们勇气和力量、派遣天使保护他们、并保守他们的家人,阿们。