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"Are You Aaron Burr, Sir?" - by Rev. Weldon Bares

Aaron Burr became well-known once again to our generation through the musical, “Hamilton.”

He was the third vice-president of our country. Burr grew up in a godly home. In fact, his grandfather was the famous preacher, Jonathan Edwards. He was encouraged to believe in Christ, but he refused to listen. Instead, he declared that he wanted nothing to do with God. He stated that he wished that God would leave him alone.

Aaron Burr did some great things in his life, but he was also involved in controversy most of his life. At the age of 48 he killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. He lived for many years after that, but all through this time he was unhappy. His life was full of controversy.

In fact, during this time in his life he told a group of friends, "Sixty years ago I told God that if He would let me alone, I would let Him alone, and God has not bothered me since." Aaron Burr got what he wanted.

I don’t believe that God forces Himself upon us. God doesn’t break open the door to our lives and push Himself in. God respects our wishes. But what sad consequences come when we shut God out. We push away genuine peace and joy in this life, and the life to come.

I believe the word of God for our lives today is this: Don't close the door, like Aaron Burr, and shut out God from your heart. Don’t make that tragic mistake.

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