In Australia on the second Thursday of the month of September, a national day is observed, which I find interesting when we consider our conscious. The actual name of this day is abbreviated by using only four letters. The letter R, the letter U, the letter O, and the letter K. On this day, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, as well as church attenders are expected to approach and greet one another reminding them of the national day being observed. Just what is this day all about?
The four-letters from the alphabet, when looked at in the way they are constructed, provide the answer as to the meaning behind the day. Have you, at this point caught what this day is all about? “R-U-O-K” is meant to be a meaningful way of ‘checking’ in with someone and hopefully making a difference no matter their mental state. ‘R U Okay?’ When a person is greeted, using the abbreviated letters; the purpose behind it all is to help encourage that person to pause and evaluate himself, and as to how they are functioning according to their conscience. In Australia alone, and in a 12-month period, it is estimated that 65,000 Australians make an attempt at suicide, with an average of 2,320 people dying by suicide every year. Another 45% of Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, while an additional 20% are affected every year. Therefore, it seems only right to ask the question of others: “R-U-O-K”?
Romans 1:19-20 helps us see that every person comes into this world with a ‘ready-made,’ and fully active conscience. The NLT reads, “They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature.” Then in the following sentence, we are presented with the pointed dagger with the words, “So they have no excuse for not knowing God!”
The writer to the book of Hebrews states this in chapter ten and verse 22. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience…” Based on this verse it seems quite apparent it is possible for a person…any person…to have an evil conscience as well as having a right-on conscience.
The word “conscience” is found 31 times in the KJB, and contrary to popular belief, it is keen to understand that our conscience is not always the voice of God. It can either be a good or a bad guide, as a warning system to man. Although no scientist or doctor is able to fully explain our conscience, at least we can know that good or evil is one of the proofs that God exists. Hebrews 3:18 in the NLT encourages us to “Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”
How about it! R-U-O-K?
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie