Saturday, February 25, 2006
Now this is going to be a true rant. I am sitting here watching an evangilical Christian tv show called one3. There are interveiwing one of the prowoman snowboarders, Kelly Clark. But I am going to talk aobut something she said, "That Christianity is not about rules or being religious. It's about God's love." On a very supervical level that is very true. But a question will eventually come up, what is love and what does it mean to love. This is going to be the reason for the law. God gave Isreal the Law because He loves them. To Americans, without really understanding freedom, a law or rule is a hinderance to each person. Real freedom comes when we cease to have a need for the laws. God's love is the law. Since Biblically God's love is the love of a Father for His children. A father, who alllows children to do whatever they want, does not love them. This seems brash at frist but let me say something more. Parents are given the responsiblity to teach their children how to live and interact with other people. Even more so is God to teach us to interact with one another as well as with Himself. God gives us the law not as a restriction but as freedom from sin. In knowing the law we come to know what sin is and our guilt for which Jesus died. But it was also under the law that Jesus died for us and rose so we may have life. The new life Christ leads us to will also lead us to more fully become like him, in that conformaty we will come to see a new life sprout within us. By conforming ourselves to Christ, we come to conform ourselves to the law. In conforming ourselfs to the law then the law ceases to be needed because we chose to live it. In living it as Christ did, we are freed fully from everything. But that is only part of my rant. I may clarify it more later, but more likily not.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Robert Frost wrote, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-/ I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference." We take many roads in life, some by choice, others we are forced to travel down by sin or other beasts. Eventually we lose our way. We forget how we came to be where we are or how we came to be sleeping with the pigs longing for their slop. But yet we find ourselves there. Have we taken the road less traveled or have we found that many paths lead to the same place. They lead us away from the Father's house. We leave the warmth and comfort of His house to seek our own way, this is a choice made long ago when man fell from grace. There is a realization that we must make though, when we wake up in the muck with the pigs, the journey has not ended. A more important journey has begun, the journey home. But can we make the journey on our own? Do we know the way? Looking back over history we will see that we do not know the way. The wars and the different religions who do not always know who they worship, are two examples that we do not know the way because we do not know ourselves. We do not know our own faces. When we are shown a reflection of our soul then we are covered with fear and not an awefilled fear, but a fear for ourselves. The fear comes in us because we see us as God sees us. The whole of our being with all of the wounds we have given ourselves through sin and wandering away from God. The healing cannot be brought on by us, either, no matter how hard we try. We do not have the strength to heal the wounds. The healing comes when we see that we cannot do it on our own, that is the first step. But then what is the next step? The hardest step possible is comes next, we must choose to turn away from the world and face God. In this choice we will see our sins and the effects they have had on us. In comming to see our sin we see our faces and then we look upon the loving gaze of the One who can heal us. In His loving eyes we find forgivness and peace. In His forgivness we will fall to our knees, finding a Father who loves us. The Father's arms are the arms of healing and He welcomes us home. We were once lost but now we are found in the loving arms of the Father. Home is only in the arms of the Father, that is our true home for which we were made.