Last Sunday night I went shopping at a large clothing store—looking for some hats for Angela and Andrea in order to keep the hot summer sun off their faces. I browsed the aisles looking for the best option for the best price, of course keeping in mind what they would like. The store is a major clothing store throughout the US, and the specific one I went to is located in a safe part of the city and is connected to a large mall, like Carrefour is connected to City Mall.
Five minutes until 8:00pm the announcement rang throughout the store that it would be closing in five minutes, and to bring all final selections up to the checkout counter. After hearing that, I decided I would head to the front of the store with what I wanted to purchase. The store was mostly empty of customers by that point in time.
As I started walking to the front of the store, I noticed a lady briskly walking behind me, and I assumed she was trying to get to the checkout counter too. But on the way, out of the corner of my eye, I saw that she stopped and went down a different aisle—possibly because she saw one more item she wanted. I kept going to the front, and I too, noticed a few other hats that I wanted to look at briefly before making my purchase. The front wall where I stood was to the right of the store entrance. To the left of the store entrance were the checkout counters. As I looked at some hats on the front wall, that same lady ended up briskly walking past me, but I didn’t really pay any attention to her. Within about 10 seconds the alarm went off as that woman took her items and dashed out the front door, then took off running. I heard the employees at the checkout counter gasp, and one yelled out for one of them to go take a picture of the license plate of her car.
I had just witnessed someone stealing. The thief literally walked right past me. I was stunned and disturbed.
Have you ever personally witnessed such a thing?
Jesus tells us we will see more and more law breaking and sin as we get closer to His second coming: “Because of people breaking the laws and sin being everywhere, the love in the hearts of many people will become cold” (Matthew 24:12, NLV). When we look at the world news, it is clear that the world is quickly arriving at the disturbing condition Jesus foretold.
Jesus’ sober depiction of the reality of this world is followed with these words, “But the one who stays true to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13, NLV).
Dear students and church family: stay true to God to the end. Don’t let the desperate times we live in lead you to break the laws of God and sin. In these uncertain times, may we stay true to God to the very end.