Acts 7:57-58 (Violence)

08 Apr Acts 7:57-58 (Violence)

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But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. Acts 7:57-58

Living Faith snippets: “Some are sure that religion breeds hatred. The religious map is marked by bloody divisions. When someone is demonized, we lose sight of God and of ourselves. The crowd plugged up their ears in their rush to kill. Stephen, with his eyes on God, forgave them as he died. God, help us to keep our eyes on you when violence seems like the answer.” by Jeanne Schuler
Rich’s comments: The Sanhedrin stoned Stephen to death for what they felt was blasphemy. They probably believed that they were doing it “in the name of God.” Violence cannot claim to be part of any religion. Our country has experienced this with September 11th — a tragic instance of perverting religion to perpetrate hatred and violence against innocent people. May the excesses of the fanatically religious temper our own self-righteous impulses to abuse religion by using it as a wedge to drive people apart rather than a magnet drawing people together. Lord, may we not focus on our differences, but on You, who brings us together as one body of Christ. Amen.
Through Christ Our Lord,
Romans 12:12
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