We are currently in battles over bathrooms, gay weddings and a host of liberal issues. Some would call these 1st world problems. Since our country is wealthy and at peace we can take the time to argue over such trivial things. If we were at war or dealing with a natural disaster or famine we would never bother to spend time on such stupid subjects.
The point is, if we were fighting for our survival we wouldn’t worry about who was married or what bathroom they used. In a catastrophic world, we would be lucky to have any kind of bathroom. We probably wouldn’t have the luxury of having traditional weddings with cakes and photographers. Survival. That’s all we would be focused on.
What may be a sin in a 1st world may not be anything in survival mode. What may be disgusting in normal settings may be celebrated under extreme conditions. Eating a rat is repulsive to me but if I was starving, a rat may look pretty good. You get the point?
Now you may say sin is sin. True. But many rules go out the window when survival is at hand. I think Grace moves to a new level and Mercy definitely has new status. You just can’t condemn someone who is trying to survive. I don’t support looters but someone stealing a loaf of bread to feed their family . . . well….
You may think that you are living in 1st world reality with no real problems but we’re not. We are at war. People all around us are suffering and trying to survive. Sin is sin but don’t forget about Grace and Mercy. And while you’re at it, throw in a little Love. We’re not in Kansas anymore.
6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Over the past ten years I feel like my world collapsed. There are too many issues to bring up here. Let’s just say it has been rough – kind of in the Job way (If you don’t know about Job, it’s a book in the Bible). Some like to say – it’s Karma: I must deserve it. Some say I must have sinned and God is punishing me. Some say I have managed my affairs badly. Some say I should be happy with the blessings that I have and not focus on the bad. Some say it’s a test and that God will turn my test into a “His testament”. Hmmm, it sounds like I could re-write Job and put my name on it!
I don’t really want a “testament”. I know that I have MANY blessings but a broken leg still hurts if you know what I mean. I have managed some things poorly and I quickly admit it. Actually I blame myself for most of the problems so there is no problem with self pride – it is more self failure. Karma – I’m not going there. I’m too tired to even think about it.
If you picked this blog for answers, I don’t have many. Job didn’t either (although his friends did). All I can say is that at the end of the day, I bow down to a loving God that doesn’t practice Karma and blesses me with Grace even though I deserve punishment. I know that He is making something out of this broken world of mine – I just don’t know what it is yet.
Stay tuned. If your world is broken, hang in there. We are not Humpty Dumpty. God can and will pull us back together again!
Job 1:20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Good words to consider today . . .
Micah 6:6 With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
I read this quote today in USATODAY, “Sorkin adds that (Philip Seymour) Hoffman, a ‘kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor,” did not die from an “overdose of heroin — he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’d just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine.”
The thought occurred to me; this is the same way God looks at sin. It’s not a great big horrible monster sin that kills us and separates us from God. It is ANY sin. We love to say that Hitler is burning in hell or that some deranged pedophile will perish but all of us will find our peril if we don’t repent.
We don’t want to hear that do we? Society won’t stand for it. We talk in terms of “good person” and “did so much good”. We talk about “white lies” and we laugh at gossip. We lift up the greedy business barons that profit from the sweat of their workers. We worship celebrities that taunt anything decent. “It’s all done for show”.
Bottom line: We lie – we separate from God. We cheat – we separate from God. We think of an affair – we commit adultery.
There is a lot of hate out there today, on BOTH sides of the isle. There is a lot of judgment.
We’re not dying from an overdose. On Hoffman – And finally Sorkin notes: “He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed — he died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a y in it.”
We sin, we die. If it were not for God’s grace and mercy we wouldn’t stand a chance.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God