Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If the Bible could Write Blog Posts

Here are some Scriptural references for those of us who are downcast about what these kinds of scandals always reveal about both clergy and laity - in other words, about human nature.

What troubles me is not so much that a bishop says stupid things, what bothers me is that when he issues a demonstrably false denial of the stupid things he's said, those who want to swallow it, swallow it.  He may even go so far as to claim he was quoted out of context, when the transcript proves he wasn't.

Anyway, this is not my blog post.  This is the Bible's.
Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices. - Eccl. 7:29
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. - Mat. 5:37

Timely?  No timeless.  Scripture goes deeper.

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.”  For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. - 2 Cor. 1:19-20

Once we poke our heads above the murky waters of sin that are drowning us, we see something profoundly true about those last verses.

And that is this: we are sinners, prevaricators, liars.  We were made straight but we went crooked: we were made upright but we sought out many devices.  We never let our yes mean yes and our no mean no.  But God speaks an eternal yes, a yes that never changes.

We can grab on to that fidelity as a lifeline when we're sinking.  God provides it even when his shepherds and their sheep refuse to.

And on days like these, many of us are sinking.

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