09-15-2016 Letters and Commentary

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 It is no fun anticipating bad things to come. It is believed that the American idiom “Waiting for the other shoe to drop” originated from late 19th to early 20th century New York City. Apartment buildings were built with bedrooms, immediately above and below. Someone taking off their shoes at night would drop one at a time on the floor. The delay between the two shoes hitting the floor with a bang made the people in the apartment below “wait for the other shoe to drop”. From then on the night might be quiet, but the wait for that other shoe could be tense. Are we waiting for the other shoe to drop in America? We have experienced 9/11; we have suffered other religiously motivated terrorist attacks; we watch as the rest of the world is targeted by violence; and we hear doomsday talk about potential weapons of mass destruction. It is no fun anticipating bad things to come, and the wait is tense. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28, NASB) This adds new dimensions to the other shoe! We do our best to defend ourselves against human attacks, to keep our bodies safe, but what can we do to keep our souls safe? First, we must humbly realize our responsibility to God, understanding that He calls us to repentance, a change of mind, turning back, and reversal of offending actions. He has made provision for our forgiveness and cleansing in Jesus Christ. (See John 5:24 and 1 John 1:9.) If we reject His message and His Son, eventually we cannot hope for the other shoe not to drop.

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