Daily Devotional – 5/21/14 “God’s undercover operation!”

I wonder how many churches would be closed down if God was to do an undercover sting operation. I mean, would he find illegal activity happening in the place we’re supposed to worship Him? Would God, in His undercover sting, find that money is being misused, folk are being abused or taken advantage of or that His word isn’t being taught the way that it should? Would God find the church to be a nuisance? Would He shut down the altar because it’s more sinning going on there than on a dance floor in the club? Would He bolt the door of the pastor’s study because of the mess happening behind closed doors? Would He shut down the pulpit because it is harming the public’s health? I just wonder. Then what would you say if you had to be interrogated about your part in the mess? Would you be guilty of turning folks away because you gossip too much instead of spreading God’s word? Would you be able to save yourself by reciting a scripture besides John 3:16 or is your bible still in the window of the car where the sun has turned the pages yellow? Would you be guilty of lying when you say you’ll pray for folks and you don’t really mean it? Would you be guilty of spending your tithe money on worldly things? I just wonder.

We are supposed to avoid backbiting, being angry, judging folk, using alcohol to get drunk, drugs to get high, sex as a means of keeping folk, lying as a way of pleasing folk and hating on one another; yet we do and then have the audacity to say, “God knows my heart.” Chile please! Oh, I won’t even get started on the club clothes that double as your Sunday best because it definitely ain’t. However, how can the children learn when we, as parents, aren’t any better? We can’t help them because half the time we aren’t spiritually right. All I am saying is we’ve got to do better. We have to get back to treating our places of worship as the sanctuary they were meant for before God comes in and shuts them down! Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.” Isaiah 1:16, “Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.” I don’t know about you but the only thing I want to be found guilty of is doing the right thing.

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