Hard Path to Peace

Susan Damon

READ : Proverbs 10:2, 9
Proverbs 20:17

A few farmers took advantage of the gaunt, ragged city people who came looking for food, making small fortunes by charging exorbitant prices. They knew full well that starving people will give everything they own to keep themselves and their children alive. “I don’t know how those farmers could do it,” says Hank, shaking his head in disgust. “No consciences! It’s the last thing my father would have done!”

We are right to be disgusted by such hardhearted greed. But what about ourselves? If someone desperate for cash offered to sell us, say, a car for far less than its true value, would we accept, or would we offer to pay a fair price? If we saw an antique at a yard sale priced considerably below what it was worth, would we enlighten the seller, or profit from his ignorance? If a client or customer asked us to do work we knew was unnecessary, would we give them an honest opinion? When a store clerk inadvertently charges us too little or gives us too much change, do we correct her?

Often our ethical questions do not have easy answers, nor is there one answer that applies conveniently to every situation. As Christians we must struggle daily with Christ’s command to love God and our neighbor. As difficult as that may be, it is the only way to true peace.

PRAYER

Lord, strengthen us to confront difficult ethical situations with integrity and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.