When our actions contradict our values

In 1983 a Korean Air Lines flight accidentally strayed into Soviet air space and was shot down by a Soviet jet-fighter, flown by a Major Osipovich. 240 people lost their lives as a result, and an international crisis suddenly flared and came dangerously close to armed conflict. The irony of it is that Major Osipovich was flying that night because he’d been given time off during the day to give a talk at his daughter’s school. The subject of his talk was peace.
It reminds me of how Jesus once said of the people of his day: ‘These people honour God with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him.’ But it’s not just national leaders who need to heed these words. Every one of us will be called to account for those actions of ours that contradict the values we proclaim.

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