When Dennis, my boss, and I worked, we liked to chat. "Hey Ken, it's a long drive from Burnsville. Couldn't you find an apartment closer to work?"
"Dennis, the reason I want to stay there is because I have low rent, and he hasn't raised it since I moved in."
Dennis sipped on a cup of water. "An acquaintance of mine rented an apartment in Burnsville. He had problems with his landlord. Who's your landlord?
"Just for the fun of it, I'm going to do a Google search on him." Dennis slid the mouse and typed in Bud's name. "Did you know he played baseball for the Washington Senators in 1960?"
"No, I didn't."
Dennis's color drained from his face. "Oh oh, there's an article in the Burnsville News Democrat about your landlord saying a racial remark."
I started to feel uneasy. "When I looked at the apartment he told me that he and some buddies of his bought all the apartments in the neighborhood and got rid of all the blacks."
There were good and bad things about Bud on the internet. I wondered what would happen if someone did a Google search on me, or what my pastor would say about me after I died? Would I be known for my fatal flaws or that I am someone who follows Jesus?
They say they know God, but their actions show they do not accept him. They are hateful people, they refuse to obey, and they are useless for doing anything good. Titus 1:16 (NCV).
My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring 1 John 3:18 (NCV).
The first verse talks about how we should not act, but the second tells us how we should live our lives. When I love people by my words and actions, I am showing them Christ's love, but I know, in the past, my actions have not been good. Things are different now because Jesus changed my life, and I want to be more like him. Hopefully, fifty years from now when I am in the grave, if someone googles my name it'll say he struggled with sin, but he persevered to be like Jesus.
Dear Jesus, Please help myself and the people reading this story to get out of our sin and change our lives to become more Christ-like. In Jesus' name. Amen
Authors note: This is a fictional retelling of a true event.
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