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Topic: SKULDUGGERY (09/01/16)
- TITLE: Let God Be True
By Cindy Duncan
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Eva paused at the front door. It had only been three months since she had been home, but it seemed like so much longer. Should she knock? The idea seemed crazy, so she used her key, and let herself into her parent’s house. As she walked down the hall, Eva noticed that everything was the same; yet, in her heart she knew that things were also very different.
The smell of turkey and dressing greeted her as she entered the kitchen. It was just as enticing as Eva had imagined it would be while she was eating countless meals at the school cafeteria. Her mom looked up from the cake she was frosting, and smiled. She immediately put the spatula down, wiped her hands, and embraced Eva.
“Welcome home, sweetheart. I didn’t hear you come in. Everything’s ready, and it’s a good thing, because it’s time to eat. We’re just waiting on everyone to arrive.”
Just then the doorbell rang, and people began filling the house. When everyone had finished greeting each other and had gathered around the dining room table, Eva’s father said grace. Eva didn’t bow her head or close her eyes.
As soon as her father said Amen, everyone tore into the bounty of food. The family shared stories of adventures, and compliments on the food. There was talk of plans for the upcoming weekend, when someone mentioned church. Eva’s father looked at her and said, “Oh, Eva, your friends at church really miss you. They ask about you all the time. I guess you’ll see them Sunday.”
“Yeah, Dad, I wasn’t planning on going to church. I need to study, and I’m not sure if I believe all that stuff anymore anyway.” Silence fell across the table like staged dominoes.
“What?” Her father stopped eating, and stared blankly at Eva, as if she were speaking to him in a foreign language.
“See, I have this professor, and he’s like, always talking about how people use religion as a crutch, and that the Bible is full of things that couldn’t possibly have happened. He’s really smart, and I don’t know, it kind of makes sense to me, you know?”
“No, I don’t know,” Eva’s father replied. “But I do know that if you have to choose between God and man, the Bible says to let God be true, and every man a liar.”
“Are you calling my professor a liar, Dad?”
“Not necessarily, honey. I guess he could really not know any better, but if he’s as smart as you say he is, he must realize that it took someone smarter than he is to create us and the world we live in. Sometimes people deny the existence of God because they don’t want to be accountable to him.”
“But why would he care if I believe or not?”
“Maybe he’s being used by the master deceiver. You know Satan used a serpent to deceive a young lady with a name similar to yours. He tricked her into believing that God didn’t mean what he said, that she didn’t need to obey him.”
“You mean when he told her, ‘ye shall not surely die’?”
“Yep, he pretty much called God a liar, didn’t he? And that deception changed the world.”
“You think my professor is trying to change the world?” Eva suddenly wasn’t very hungry.
“I think it’s certainly possible. Just give it some thought, okay?”
Eva thought about what her father said that night. She thought about it as she lay in her bed, looking at her Bible memory awards. She thought about it the next day, as they passed the Christian school she had attended all of her life. She prayed about it. It was the first time she had prayed in weeks, and it was while her eyes were closed, that her eyes were opened.
Sunday morning, Eva walked out to her family’s car to ride to church with them. “It’s good to have you,” her father said.
“Thank you, Dad, for helping me to see clearly what has been happening. I promise you when I go back to school tomorrow, I will take my sword with me.” Eva held her Bible up in the air.
“Don’t you have a no weapons policy at your school?” her father teased.
“We do, but I have a feeling I’m going to need this one.”
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