The words of this song touched me deeply growing up:
that’s the thing that counts today.
Is it black with sin, is it pure within?
Won’t you ask Christ in today . . .
People often see you,
just as you are outside;
Jesus really knows you, for He sees inside . . .”
We are tempted to join up, be part of the crowd: the loud, pushy, boisterous, opinionated . . . many times drunken, violent, immoral players. Just walk away! Say to a loving Heavenly Father, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me . . . take not your Holy Spirit from me . . . restore to me the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51:10).
If we don’t get it right inside, we might live a lifetime with a darkened heart.
Sure, strong opinions, especially during a political campaign, are good. Conservatives are as opinionated as Liberals. But where is your heart?
Even the wicked King of Nineveh got it. When the reticent prophet Jonah finally obeyed the LORD and walked through his city for three days saying, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown;” The King responded from his heart: “For word came to the King of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, ‘let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything: let them not feed, nor drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger that we perish not?’ And God saw their works that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.” (Jonah 3:6-10)
I think it’s time. Walk away from the violence, immorality, drunkenness . . . “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.”