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CLARITY – 5-11-20 He Did What?!


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-11-20

He Did What?!

What’s Happening: “Jose Nunez Romaniz, 19, a Criminal Justice student at Central New Mexico Community College did the unthinkable: he found and returned $135,000.00! He was at an ATM to make a deposit so he could buy his Grandfather some socks online, and he saw a clear plastic bag full of cash. He said he never thought of taking any of it, called 911,  and removed the bag to to his car so somebody else could use the ATM. In an article by Mariel Padilla that originally appeared yesterday in the New York Times yesterday, he has reportedly filled out an application to be a public service aide at the invitation of Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department. He also received sports gear, gift cards, a plaque, and a $500 scholarship from an electric company…I guess it pays to be honest ( ‘I’ve seen a lot of stuff in 21 years, but this was unique and refreshing for the department and city,’ Drobik said. ‘I think this is the biggest amount of money found in Albuquerque and returned.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’d have at least pocketed some of the money.”

Biblical Response:  “Few wouldn’t. Kind of gives you hope for the future, huh?  What does the Bible say?

‘Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.’ (Prov. 22:6 NASU)”

“His parents must be proud. In fact, the article says the whole Hispanic community is proud. The Bible has more to say about that kind of person (being that yesterday was Mother’s Day, there are plenty of ‘virtuous women’ of which this is true):

‘Her children rise up and bless her…’ (Prov. 31:28 NASU’

 I know one momma that was blessed yesterday.”

“Of course, this brings up the whole subject of our legacy. From the moment of our birth, until we exit this life, we are making a statement. That is good news for some…bad news for others. For Jose, it’s been a little easier than for some. His parents, apparently, took the first verse, above, seriously. Thankfully, it’s never too late to start over. Jesus’ death on the cross paid for a whole lot of misstarts on legacies…maybe yours.”

“Christians? We want our words and our acts to be a reflection of His character inside us (Luke 6:45). Are they? Sometimes, but not consistently, if we are honest. Hopefully, we are allowing more and more of Him to shine through Rom. 12:2)…and less and less of us. Whatever the case, we are living out our testimony. The question is: What are we saying?”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to say and do only what is pleasing in Your sight, what will glorify You to a watching world; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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