Someone Broke Into Our Office…Disrespectful!

Originally Posted Monday, October 24, 2011

While I was out of town last week, I received a call from Mike Bunce telling me our office, where I work, was broken into. I couldn’t believe it!

I have an uncle who is a barber in a rough part of Tampa, FL. When I went to visit his shop years ago, I noticed all the stores surrounding his shop had bars in the windows and doors except his. In curiosity I asked him, “Why doesn’t your shop have bars around it and the others do…do you not worry about your shop being broken into?” His response makes me look at this “break in” with new eyes, questions, and prayer.

“No one breaks into my shop because everyone in the neighborhood needs haircuts. No one breaks into something they value,” my uncle told me.

Fast forward to our office with the door on the side of the building kicked in.

I can’t help but to think about breaking and entering (stealing) as a sign of “disrespect” to the one being broken in to.

Yahweh, the God of the Bible, has that sin as one of the commands in the 10 Commandments…you should not steal. Why? Because it’s not loving to your neighbor who it belongs to and it doesn’t reflect the One who made us…Jesus.

Who in their right mind wants their things broken into and stolen?!?!?! Praise God nothing was stolen from our office.

There are a few in this community who do not respect God at all…look at how the one who broke into our office “disrespected” me, Lead Pastor Terrence Jones, Mike Bunce (House 2 House…Homeownership for our community), Joshua (Common Ground Montgomery’s Entrepreneurial Program for the youth in our community).

There are many who do not respect each other…look at how people treat each other (fighting, murder, etc.).

My conclusion of the matter is that the “disrespect” of our things is a direct “disrespect” to the God of heaven. When King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed to cover up the pregnancy, his confession of his sin was a confession of sinning against God (Psalm 51:4- against You, and You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight…)

I pray that whoever broke into our office will not perish as a thief. I pray that God will give him or her or them a new heart that desires to give to the community and not steal. That power and love comes from Jesus Himself working in a heart.

Continue to pray for our community and others around you where the “disrespect” is high!

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