Friday, July 26, 2013

"By the time he carried out his horrific plan...(he) had not only committed adultery and exercised elaborate deception, but topped it off with cold blooded murder of a trusted and innocent associate.  It is a sordid story of a very good man going very, very  bad.  And he thought he had gotten away with it..."  Is this a murder mystery in a best seller?  Yes.  It's in the Bible, the story of David. (as described by Major Allen Satterlee in the Salvation Army.)
It's shocking!  Heartbreaking.  Sigh, take a deep breath.  Pretend it's not there.  Pretend God can't see it either.  Pretend that it's normal.  It's okay.  It's as lukewarm as spit.  I've decided at my tender age of looking forward to senior discounts, it's still okay to be shocked by sin.  I'm shocked that the Christian community isn't shocked, looks the other way, rationalizes, considers it normal, allows those living in sin to be leaders.  After all, wasn't David a man after God's own heart? ...not when his heart was lusting after Bathsheba, not when he was plotting murder to have his own way.  A heart after God is a heart in repentance with sorrow for sin.  David' sin cost his own son.  David's sin cost God His own Son: my sin, your sin.  Scandalous grace with a heavy price tag.  It' shocking.   

"But God being rich in mercy,
because of His great love with which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ
(by grace you have been saved)...
in order that in the ages to come
He might show the surpassing riches of His grace
 in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God;
not as a result of works,
that no one should boast.
For we are His workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand,
that we should walk in them."
Ephesians 2:4-10

As a moth beats against the glass...

"Doubt whispers, 'thou art such a blot
He cannot love poor thee.'
If what I am He loveth not,
He loves what I shall be."
George MacDonald
"And He said to them all,
 If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow me."
Luke 9:23
"Take kindly and heartsomely with His cross,
who never yet slew a child with the cross."
Samuel Rutherford
"Was it for crimes that I have done He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown! And love beyond degree."
"At the Cross"
Pictures from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home
and Mt. Vernon, Washington's home

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