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The Veil of the Crowd

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT)

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A fickle crowd

Two thousand years ago, Jesus entered Jerusalem. He was welcomed by crowds of people waving massive palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna,” meaning “save now.” The people were ready for a ruler to set up an earthly kingdom, removing Roman authority and making life better. A week later the crowds were shouting, “Crucify him; crucify him.”  What happen to the palm branches that had no time to wither? What happened to hope? Anger set in and the people wanted Jesus to die in a painful and degrading way.

Going with the crowd

Have you ever heard someone say, “If someone jumped off a bridge would you do it too”? Well, would you? It seems more people are being swayed by crowds these days. Recent political debates have stirred many opinions. What people thought and felt was on the tip of their tongue. Crowds shouted. Tempers and feelings were raw.

God unveils

People of integrity are slow to speak and always loving.

Be slow to anger and speak truth according to God’s word.

Non-believers are veiled and God does the unveiling, not us. You can speak truth until you are blue in the face but until God unveils them, they will not believe it.

The conviction of Scripture

God’s word has that impact. If people do not believe God exists why would they accept Scripture or understand those devoted to Him? A person needs a relationship with God to experience the humbling realization that Jesus died for them. He died so you could live in forgiveness and one day live eternally in His presence. Non-believers do not understand holiness, a God thing for God’s people. This is the treasure believers know and share. Take a moment to pray for those opposing you. Live a godly life and be a quiet example. Saint Francis of Assisi said,

Preach the gospel at all times – if necessary, use words.”

The unveiling

Consider the veil of the crowd. Allow God to speak to you, then speak to the crowd His message. God has insight about the crowd and His thoughts are what matters.  The crowd may not agree, especially when opinions of God are declining.

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