It’s Not Easy Being Green

envy

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. (Proverbs 23:17)

What’s not to envy?  They’ve got the cars.  They’ve got the girls.  They’ve got the beach houses in Cancun.  They’ve got the goods and the glamor.  They’re hip, happening, and a whole lot of fun.

Not only that, they are giddily free of all the moral baggage we religious folk have to lug around.  None of this hand-wringing over right and wrong.  None of this Big Daddy looking over our shoulders.  None of this nagging discomfort that we’re supposed to be either doing something we’re not or not doing something we are.  None of this niggling my brother’s keeper neuroses.  And none of this chronic, low-grade guilt for ignoring all of the above.

Just look at those lucky suckers.  They’re successful.  They’re carefree.  They’re the movers and shakers, the beautiful people in the movies, on Letterman, in People magazine.  They get all the press, get all the adulation, get their money for nothin’ and their chicks for free.

What do we get?  We get promises.  We get a brochure about a heavenly time share.  Until then, we get to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. We get to delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. We get to deny ourselves and take up our crosses.  We get to major on all those Madison Avenue qualities like meekness, patience, and turning the other cheek.  What a deal.

Oh, yeah.  I almost forgot.  We get God.

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