The Silver Bullet

I grew up watching repeats of the Lone Ranger, the fictional Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West.  Riding into town on his trusty steed he would quickly deal with whatever evil presented itself and ride out again leaving only a silver bullet, and people wondering “who was that masked man?”  His use of the silver bullet picked up on a centuries old tradition that only silver could defeat the powers of evil.  But does the ‘silver bullet’ ever really exist?

 

Writing to the church in Corinth in the first century the Apostle Paul has to address multiple problems that are threatening to tear the church apart – infighting, jealousy, inequality, sexual immorality, the list goes on.  Finally he points them to the silver bullet that could solve all their problems if only they would use it:

 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres1.”

 

Sometimes the silver bullet that could solve our problems is available.  The only question is whether we’re prepared to fire the gun!

 

11 Corinthians 13:4-7

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