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In all, 1,760 priests returned [from Babylonian captivity]. They were heads of clans and very able men. They were responsible for ministering at the house of God.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬ NLT)

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was constructed in Berlin in the 1890s. In 1943, the allied forces sent in an air raid, mass bombing much of Berlin in an attempt to eradicate the evil Nazi regime. The sad collateral damage of the air raid was the church’s destruction. It’s ruins stood as a war memorial. A new church was built there in the 1960s to keep the ministry going. 

Sometimes good people suffer because of the misdeeds of others, just as priests were taken off to Babylon during the exile. Whether children in a divorce, citizens caught in a gang crossfire, or the masses that lost their retirements in the Enron debacle, collateral damage occurs. It may seem that God is unfair and uncaring, but He isn’t. Just as Life circumstances tear us down, God is the Master Rebuilder!

If Life as brought some destruction your way, come to God for rebuilding. Just as God brought His people back to their homes from Babylonian captivity, and He has brought ministry back to Berlin, so God will turn your circumstances around! Trust your life into God’s restoring hands! You are loved today!

Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord ’s anger. (Zephaniah 2:3 NKJV)

On May 30, 1999, the NATO airstrikes in Serbia put a stop to the crimes against the Albanians in Kosovo 15 years ago. But the bombs also killed many civilians. In the village of Varvarin, people still remember the attacks. While it saved the nation, the collateral damage affected thousands of lives.

We serve a God that still intervenes on our behalf; vengeance is His to repay, not us. But if we live more worldly and less godly, staying too close to those He’s protecting us from, we can become unnecessary collateral damage, like Sampson, Lot’s wife, or King Josiah of the Old Testament. By staying too close to compromise, we can also be swept up in the broom of God’s judicial cleaning.

As Christians, we must walk a fine line of not reveling in the secular, nor secluding ourselves away from reaching out to it either. Only God can help us be in the world but not of it. Live holy to live free from fallout. You are loved and watched over!