27 May Love Those Who Condemn (Acts 16:31) by Scott Casmer
“And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.’” ~ Acts 16:31 (full readings)
Scott’s Reflections: In the verses preceding today’s reading, Paul and Silas are cited for “disturbing our city” and “advocating customs that are not lawful for us Romans to adopt or practice.” In reality, Paul had invoked the name of Jesus to exorcise a spirit from a slave who was being unjustly used by her owners for profit. The reading then describes how the public condemns them and has them jailed. Upon suddenly being freed, Paul and Silas did not seek revenge on the jailor, but instead shared their faith and baptized his whole family. This passage has multiple analogies to those engaged in the Pro-Life movement today. Many are condemned for showing others Jesus’ love for all human life. Sadly, this message is disturbing to some who work hard to uphold the misguided laws that allow for the destruction of human life. Luckily, the Holy Spirit allows such missionaries to continue to love those who condemn them.
* Scott Casmer was part of the original fellowship group that led to the formation of the LIFE Runners and is currently the Colorado Springs LIFE Runners chapter leader. Scott works at Schriever AFB and is married with two daughters.
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