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Friday, February 24, 2012

Islands in the Sea

Are you more likely to err on the side of doing what you shouldn’t or not doing what you should?  Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p.1712.

Sometimes I visualize the wrongs I have committed as islands in the sea.  The expanse of the sea, however, represents all those things I should have done but didn’t.  There is no room in this picture for self-righteousness of any sort.  Law abiding society can often be very harsh and self-righteous in its treatment of law breakers while being totally indulgent of those blind to exigent moral imperatives. [Moral imperative: something that must happen because it is the right thing. Example: Tackling the issue of poverty is a moral imperative. (Macmillan Dictionary)].  In fact, in the latter case the attitude typically is that there is nothing to forgive.  I do not argue here for making the perceptually purblind in the presence of moral imperatives criminals, I just plead for more humility and grace on the part of those addicted to selective morality.  Jesus said it is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God (Luke 18 NIV).  “Rich” is not only a condition of wealth but also a state of mind in which we insist on being in the driver’s seat—the presiding judge of who is worthy and who is not.  In such a position, we inherently are impervious to self-evaluation and shame.  Sometimes it seems we pride ourselves in being brand new clothes and consequently are a little on the stiff side.  Much suppleness can be gained from a good washing in the rough and tumble of life.

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