Week 13 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.
The raised fist, the angry shout, the hedonism, the absolutely antithetical ideology, have all become to my mind a symptom of a couple of things. First, an ultimate proof the truth and insightfulness of scripture. Proverbs 29: 18Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Second, that there are far too many people in this world with far too little to do.
In the first instance we have failed as a church, by that I mean generally the “body of Christ” to be on hand to speak to the misrepresentations of the love and work of Christ in the world, instead in our own sloth to ignore the lies perpetrated by the so called elites of our culture believing that they would just evaporate with time. The elites I speak of are those who we now call “influencers”, social media mavens, and publishers. Another contingent of that sad group are people who have become disaffected from the church because of the wrong headed expression of weak minded, power mad individuals who call themselves theologians and church leaders who have twisted the Biblical message from the very beginning to their own sad sick ends.
What we are seeing now is at best, a clarification of the divide between the divine and the satanic. Our mission as Christians is to, as much as we are able, to reach across that divide and “rescue the perishing”. Do not let that imagery come to mind of the pathetic and sad penitent. Rather look to see the light that dawns as one lost individual recognizes the love of Jesus laid before them. Then, watch the Holy Spirit go to work. Rejoice!