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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Way Out There in the Blue

Daniel was given wisdom. Nebuchadnezzar had power. Who in your life or society claims to have wisdom or power? How to their claims compare to God’s gifts to us? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1223).

CHARLEY: Nobody dast blame this man. You don’t understand: Willy was a salesman. And for a salesman, there’s no rock bottom to the life. He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a man way out there in the blue riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back—that’s an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple spots on your hat and your finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream boy, it comes with the territory. (Death of a Salesman, Act 2).

Individual conscience is the wildcard at play in all of life. Self-respect in the end depends upon our willingness and ability to follow our conscience. And there is no guarantee that our best lights are true lights. We throw ourselves upon the mercy and grace of God to enable us to see clearly the will of God and to endeavor to do it. At the heart of a society therefore is instability based upon an unknown variable – the conscience of man. We often think of Sodom and Gomorrah as wildly undisciplined places while in fact everything there was no doubt done in good conscience – no matter how misguided. Mankind can readily justify anything.

American society can be seen as a battleground upon which the consciences of men struggle for expression and ascendancy. The Civil War was a painful example. Let us earnestly hope and pray that our best lights lend us courage to struggle for righteousness and that this sense of righteousness is aligned with divine purpose—the only guarantor of ultimate well-being and success.

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