The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good. (Ecclesiastes 9:17)
On Saturday, February 26, 2022, I entered a store I had patronized since 2013. This past Saturday was my last day entering that store. Why?
The friendly store associate I have known since 2013 walked by me and said, “Take off that stupid mask so I can see your face.” Of course, I did not remove my mask and thought surely, he is not talking to me.
I casually walked through store and realized I was the only one wearing a mask, so it was twice obvious he was talking to me. I headed to the cash register ignoring Satan’s influence to address the comment when it was my time to stand in front of the associate.
Even though the man ahead of me had completed his transaction, the associate looked towards me with a smirk on his face while continuing his conversation. I could have left the store, but I waited patiently thinking not today devil, not today.
When the associate finally decided I was worthy to be checked out he treated me like scum of the earth. He ignored my long time greeting and never looked at me while I stood at the cash register. He handed me the receipt from afar not to touch my hand. I wondered was it really about my mask?
Why do we see one another differently or hate one another because God made different skin colors? “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins. (Isaiah 64:6-7)
I refused to give him satisfaction of responding in attempt to cause me to sin against God. My God’s light was going to shine bright in the darkness of this man’s heart. “Wow to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he has a short time. (Revelation 12:12)
Again, I wonder was it really about my mask? Or the color of my skin? There were two differences between me, the associate and other customers; I was the only Black person in the store and the only one wearing a mask. I am saddened to see civility is declining at a rapid rate and the devil’s influence is gaining global strength through those who do his bidding.
The world is full of evil and hardhearted people, and it sadden me to think many are in the Body of Christ thinking they are worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth. Matthew 24:1-51, talks about many being deceived and many will come in the name of the Messiah; we will hear of wars, and nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.’ Do we not see these things happening?
We live in times where the multitude follow every word that proceed out of the mouths of men instead of Jesus. We read ‘There will be famines and earthquakes, many will turn away from the faith, betray and hate each other and the love of most will grow cold. All these are the beginning of pain and sorrow.’ We are living in days of pain and sorrow!
Just like in the days of Noah people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them away. This is how it will be at the second coming of Jesus (Matthew 24:37-39).
QUOTES BY TANGIE
We are all kin through Adam and Eve. God judges sin, not skin.
Do not let the forbidden fruit cost you the taste of Heaven.