Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Of reptiles and men

What happens when you cross a hungry python with a hungry alligator? This is what happens:

Apparently the snake swallowed the gator whole, but the gator wasn't going to take it lying down. He put up such a fight inside the snake that the snake exploded. Read all about it here. Two predators, each trying to eat the other, ended up destroying each other.

Nature gives us a very graphic picture of what the apostle Paul was talking about in Galatians 5:14-15:

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another (emphasis mine).
It's very easy to get into squabbles, especially with the ones closest to us. Sometimes in our anger we want to get the upper hand and really give it to other person: a cutting glare, a sharp word, a harsh comment, in the extreme, a physical blow. We believe that if we are on the offensive we won't get hurt—that if we strike hard first, we'll be safe. Such is not the case. Paul warns us that there is the real danger of both parties getting seriously hurt in the process. There are no winners when we attack our neighbor. A part of our own soul is wounded when we wound another person's soul. Like the snake and the gator, we get swallowed or we explode!

But what if by some freak of nature the snake said to the alligator, "Hey, Al. Why don't you and I work together to get us some prey?" They'd most likely never miss a meal!

Hmmm....So if I'm the snake, who are the alligators in my life?


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