Thursday, February 4, 2010

SCHADENFREUDE in the church? NOT!

There it was, a new word, waiting for me in the business section of online news. Of course you can tell it's a German word. It emerged in the 1890's and means SCHADEN (damage) + FREUDE (joy). Phonetically it's pronounced "shawden froyda" and describes in one word (as German words often do) someone(s) who find happiness/joy in the ills and misfortunes of others. In the article, the writer used the word to describe how GM, Chrysler, et ali, are most probably reacting to Toyota's massive recall. Detroit was embarrassed at having to be "bailed out" by the decades of being considered #2 in quality to Japan.
Of course, Satan is the author and master of SCHADENFREUDE. He invented it, he inspires it, and he tries his best to bring it into the church...with some success. Ellen White encourages church members to " together, press together...": to enter into the unity of the truth as it is in Christ. No more "Well, he/she sure got what he/she deserved."
Listen to the Apostle Paul: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away...And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. [1st Corinthians 13:1-8, 13].
SCHADENFREUDE: an interesting word, but not to be admitted through the doors of the church nor in the minds and hearts of God's people.
Think on these things. e.c.

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