Guilt is only good, “once.”
The reading falls under the subheading, Miscellaneous Laws, in The New Interpreter’s Study Bible, but little of it seems like it belongs in the miscellaneous file. Rather, it is a reminder of the responsibility of the privileged to the known and unknown members of our community.
The hard fact is that children are being put to death, literally and metaphorically, based on the choices and actions of adults everyday. We can feel guilty about not doing enough, but that guilt is only good once as a motivator for making different choices with our time, dollars, and lives. Choose wisely.
God you know my guilty pleasures. Bless my life that it will be a confession of faith in your confidence that humanity can do right by our children and choose wisely the things that are life giving, sustaining, and meaningful that they will praise your Name and live by your commandments. Amen.
Rev. Michael Davison, Jr.
Associate Regional Pastor
Christian Church in Oklahoma