Many people today see public life as an amoral struggle for profit and power and relegate morality to the shadowy realm of private choice and “lifestyles.” What we need is a new sense of fraternalism, a new sense of brotherhood and sisterhood that is neither self-righteous nor exploitative.
To bring more peace and wholeness we need to cast out the demons of greed and exploitation and indifference.
When Jesus comes into an area, he not only casts out demons, he changes the economy because he changes people, their goals and values.
When Paul preached Christ’s gospel in ancient Ephesus, the silversmiths and others, who made religious souvenirs and idols of the goddess, Diana, knew their economy was in trouble if Jesus’ religion flourished.
John Newton, the author of “Amazing Grace,” finally stopped his slave trading when Jesus really got ahold of his life.
Charles Colson, Richard Nixon’s hatchet man, was converted and devoted his life to prison reform.
What would happen to our frenetic age of greed if Jesus really got hold of us and drove out our demons?
With thanks to Maurice Fetty
What demons are YOU struggling with this Advent?
SUDDENLY I REALIZED THAT EVERY SINGLE THING IN MY LIFE IS FLEETING, AND THAT ONLY GOD IS ETERNAL!!