Even during a crisis, our society cannot escape human nature.
[Steve Myers] This is a time that we have to be careful about praying. Now, what do I mean by that? Well, there's a couple of different kinds of praying. Certainly, right now, during this difficult time of all the health challenges that we face, we definitely want to be praying. We have to be a praying people. We should be praying for our families. We should be praying for our communities. We should be praying for our government leaders. We should be praying for the church. Absolutely, we should be a praying people.
But there's another kind of praying that we've gotta be very careful about. And that's this kind of praying. Yeah, believe it or not, during this time, there are those that are out there that are preying in this way. They're preying on people. There is cyber criminals out there that are taking advantage of the Coronavirus. If you ever get an email that says, "Click here for a cure," be careful, it's probably a scam. If you get a text or an email that says, "Get your COVID-19 tax refund," don't do it. It is a scam. You've gotta be careful if you hear from the WHO, the World Health Organization, be careful. They don't send out personal emails. That is probably a scam as well. And if you click on it, it'll record every keystroke on your computer and they can steal your information. So, watch out. In fact, I've also heard about people that are going door-to-door. And they're claiming to be able to come in and sanitize your home, so that you won't be infected. That is a scam. They'll come in and they'll steal you blind. So, watch out.
What this reminds us of, these two kinds of praying, it reminds us that even during a crisis, there are people out there that cannot get away from their human nature. The Bible talks a lot about our human nature. A passage that specifically comes to mind for me is one that's found in 1 John 2:16 1 John 2:16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
American King James Version×. It tells us about normal, everyday human way of thinking. It says, "All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world." It is against God and there are those that are out there that would take advantage of you.
So, be careful. And of course, it's a reminder for us, too. We need to be careful. Don't be a hoarder. Don't take advantage of others. Be selfless. Try to serve others during this difficult time. That's the Godly thing to do.
So, let's be sure we recognize the difference between praying and preying. And let's be a people that's praying to our God.
That's BT Daily, we'll see you next time.