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verse 19: “So are the ways of everyone who gains by violence; It takes away the life of its possessors.”

Back in the 1990’s, there was a situation comedy on the Fox television network called Roc. (For a synopsis and refresher of the series, I went to Wikipedia.org and looked under “Roc (TV show)”). The show starred Charles S. Dutton as Roc Emerson, a garbage collector who lived with his wife and relatives in Baltimore. Besides the usual family sitcom humor found in such shows, Roc also tackled social issues. One of the dominant storylines was the conflict between Roc, a morally upright citizen, and a recently arrived drug dealer named Andre (played by Clifton Powell). Their efforts against each other culminated in Andre being shot and hospitalized (Roc, although a prime suspect, was not the shooter…the shooter was discovered to be another character in the show). Andre recovers and is confronted by other characters in the show “about his continuing to trouble the community. After later expressing a measure of respect toward Roc, Andre would soon begin steps toward reformation.”–Wikipedia

Even though I didn’t watch the show every week, I remember reading an article about this storyline. I believe it was Charles S. Dutton who stated that they wanted to convey to young people watching the show that the so-called glamorous life of drug dealers wasn’t glamorous…that it often led to violence and to the violent loss of life of those involved in it. That stuck in my mind.

Among the principles most of us are taught growing up is the one about good triumphing over evil. Even when it seems that evil prospers, good will win out in the end. It may be hard to see that in today’s life, but it is true. The wicked will prosper at times, and even win a few battles. However, I found a great quote in the Holman concordance on Proverbs that relates to this: “God permits the wicked, but not forever.”–Sir Thomas Fuller. Remember, you can check out the “end of the story” in Revelation! So ask yourself today: whose side are you on?

Have a blessed day!

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