By Joanna Zeiner
Today's Scripture: Daniel 5:17-22
Central Thought: May we never turn blindly away from the suffering of others.
Daniel didn't particularly care that it was the King he addressed. When Belshazzar called for an interpretation of the writing on the wall, the crusty old prophet fearlessly accused, "You are [Nebuchadnezzar's] successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all…, yet you have not humbled yourself. For you have defied the Lord of heaven.” Belshazzar's guilt, all the more serious because he had known and ignored, cost him his life. What testimony to human folly!
One would think we could learn from history. Yet we don't. The entrance gate to Kigali's Genocide Memorial reads, 'Lest We Forget.” Surely we could never forget the worst that one race can do to another. Within the sobering halls of the memorial a room dedicated to the History of Genocide gives revolting testimony to the fact that we do forget—or worse, we don't care.
Where was the Church during Rwanda's genocide, during South Africa's apartheid atrocities, today in Sudan? Silent? Uncaring? Afraid? Unclear what to do? I weep in anger when I hear how millions have died on the altar of human pride and greed. But when faced with my own chance to stand for righteousness, would I turn my back and pretend I didn't see?
Devotional Prayer: Who am I fooling, Lord? It's so easy for me to find fault with other people's response to unrighteousness. But do I ever wield the cleansing whip—or do I worship in the temple of self-preservation? Am I ever guilty of knowing—and not doing? God help me.
Today's Bible Reading: Daniel 5:1-31; 2 Peter 2:1-22; Psalm 119:113-128; Proverbs 28:19-20