What seemed entirely logical ended up being completely wrong. It was what was theo-logical that was important, what God said rather than what man, even a man of God, thought.
A confession: I am not much of a DIYer. This is not a strong part of my skill set, and I am apparently accident prone whenever I pick up a tool. Experience has taught me that one of two things will happen if I attempt a DIY project. Either I will hurt...
‘Seek the peace and prosperity of the city’, Jeremiah tells God’s people. That wouldn’t be such a big surprise, except that the city in view is not Jerusalem, but Babylon. Babylon – which had ransacked Jerusalem, looted its temple, and carried away the cream of its population – pagan, idolatrous, God-defying Babylon. So, how should God’s people live when their postcode puts them in exile? Some resentment, surely, antagonism even?
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
It’s funny to me that American currency has “In God We Trust” written right there on the bank notes and coins. As you handle either today, let that little phrase be a reminder of where our trust is best placed.
There are a couple of articles I wanted to recommend, that are thoughtful, maintain the biblical stance on these issues, and suggest ways to connect with love and respect to those who think and believe differently....