In Defense of Mercy

I have often said I would advocate the Liberal if they could give me anything remotely worthy of it. This may or may not happen, but I will say this, the Conservatives may yet give me cause to stand against them. and I won’t care if they have banners of Christian Right emblazoned upon their chests or if they have self-righteous emptyminded platitudes about how “reasonable and right” they are.

Because, so help me God, I have given my allegiance to one Lord. And I am taken back by the self-righteous mob pleasing catcalls of “Right and Wrong” if it is not predicated upon truth. You will not gain any acquiesence from this corner. Not one quarter.

God is a God of justice, yes, -yes, He is, but I have an admonition for you who seek an absolute justice that will impale the target with no remonstrance of mercy:

Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

I wonder sometimes… is this the Age of Enlightenment’s legacy, this Directoire with gleeful guillotine crowds? Is this the impasse we will find ourselves at? Our very humanity sacrificed in the name of Human Reason.

Where is the mercy that met the adulterous women- the one at the well and the one presented for one last imprecation before stoning? Where is that mercy if you call yourself Christian? Where is the knowledge that we are all flesh, and prone to its folly? Does this take anything at all away from the fact that justice will be done? It does not.

Will you call Christ unjust, you who would justify yourselves? And isn’t that all we do in our frenzies of infuriated feeding on the stories of the day.

I have stood at the lines of good and evil in the black and white of matters, and I don’t apologize for that, but there is a difference between understanding social issues and applying strict no-mercy, no allowances rules to our fellow man.
Just witness some of the zero-tolerance fiascos that policy has provided.

Didn’t anyone else ever read Les Miserables? You were all on Inspector Javert’s side, right? And you subscribe to that mode of thinking: right is right and law is law and let’s get to the good part and stone the poor fool. They deserve it!

We have lost our moorings… and the Christian voice is truncated in demanding Righteousness!

Well, how about sowing a little of the real righteousness and throw your cloak over the poor fool, and get them some help…. and how about giving some thought and reason to dividing the issues in such a way that real criminals who work the system and literally get away with murder have some controls and more than virtual punishments…

Just one last thing on this rant… can we remember that it is the hue and cry of the inflamed mob that injustice may most hide under and justice may most be lost? And it is before the quiet, and reasoned Man who wrote the convicting letters in the sand, who brought both true justice and mercy into a volatile situation? Give truth some time and space, and render some mercy in the meantime. Who knows when you will need the same, in one court of justice or another?

home… and thinking about Ebenezer

I’m home from the trip to Nashville, and it is as if the Lord was weaving a thread through my thinking. I am at a place where I am raising the stone of Ebenezer in my life.

AnotherThink: Here I Raise My Ebenezer is where the needle was threaded, for me.

In this essay, Charlie remarks on Samuel’s raising this stone, “”the stone of help”—for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” —1 Samuel 7:12, NLT” at a place where restoration had begun. For this was not Israel’s beginning…. they had been through a bit of history, some successes and some failings, but at this place a testimony of faith for the future and for completion was set up. A prominent reminder to those who passed by in this place.

At this point I feel like someone with a bit of history… someone a bit worse for wear, but still with hope. And at the wedding I attended the song, ‘Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing’ that Another Think posted, was sung and as I heard it I felt that inner confirmation. This is the time for me to raise that stone of help, remembering that the Lord is a Helper, a very real help in time of need…. One who Restores Breaches. The same of whom David would later sing.

And far later Robert Robinson would pen this hymn:

1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I’m come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

3. O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

“”Thus far the LORD has helped us.” So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel; the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. The towns that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath; and Israel recovered their territory from the hand of the Philistines”.

Sometimes in life things are taken from us, things that were promised and which others have usurped. But if we turn in faith and are ‘hearing’, the way Samuel was hearing, God will be our help, in a lasting way for the remainder of our lives.

It is time to tune the ear to God’s message… it is time to tune the heart in harmony with that, and we will have reason to raise a stone of remembrance for all who follow after us. Remembering how faithful God has proven, once again.

MORE…Ebenezer…God’s personal word to you

Of God and the Tsunami

[I am a believer in the God of the Bible. That is said first off to tell you that I begin this post with all premises intact and with information about God coming from His scriptures. -disclaimer or manifesto- as you like]

The first thing I want to say is that I thought that David Brooks, in his article, was quite candid. It took some honesty to admit that as a materialist one has no way of making sense or meaning out of the tsunami event. I think that was intellectually brave. I think the magnitude of this devastation and the media illustration of it is causing many of us to review it in the light of our beliefs and worldviews.

I will try to present mine.
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My Remarks to A Deist

I don’t know how familiar you are with the stance of those who oppose the idea of the YHVH God. I am not going to presume.

My case is this: if there is no God on the scale of YHVH as stated in the Torah: One who is Creator, Almighty, and Everlasting…then the atheists have it right.

No smaller idea of god/God is useful or logical. It simply becomes a construct of the mind of man. It is only a temporary crutch which should be thrown aside at some point.

But if there is such a God as The LORD GOD, then it is very possible that He not only exists, but that we may know Him. And knowing Him, we may have a better idea of life and purpose for ourselves and our world.

Either there is a God or there is not.

And the academic discussions of everything else are only useful as entertainment in its best form; and in its worst form, a means of manipulation of others.

This is the situation.
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