Run all of you back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if all of you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5:1
Do we credit ourselves with recognizing the just man or the truth teller in 2019? The hundreds of convictions overturned in Canada and the United States may shock us if we have been part of the culture of privilege. Criminals are in charge of armies, the administration of justice, the jailing and murder of Black and First Nations people. Look at Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell and you will see shameless corruption. Listen carefully to your pastor, rabbi, or imam, and you will see bias, incredible corruption and dangerously empty cisterns.
The travesty of sworn statements and oaths of office in 2019 pales in the presence of Christ’s trial by the Jewish high court. The certainty of mistakes in the administration of justice is no reason for us to stop expecting police to stop closing their eyes to sworn statements, to stop covering up racial profiling, to end trashing the poor, and to give up trying to merge morality into civic policy. Do we not know that faith and love are not the treasures of government anywhere on the planet? Are they not lacking in the sacred places.
Someone shared the following rant against divine generosity. It failed to encourage me. It turns out to be so low there’s snake all over it.
What it means to maintain principles
Is that like having an annual clean up with no end in sight? Is that maintenance like the way of condemnation in the temple? Is that like executing people instead of liberating them?
In all dealings with His creatures God has maintained the principles by revealing sin in its true character, by demonstrating that its sure result is misery and death. The unconditional pardon of sin never have has been, and never will be. Such pardon of sin would show the abandonment of principles of righteousness, which are the foundation of the Government of God
(Gods Amazing grace 73.2?)… cannot be found in vengeance.
This outrageous venom is right next to Caiaphas’ denial of Christ. The writer is saying that grace is debt, that grace starts a race to set oneself right with God.
There are sources for finding many things. Jobs for livelihoods, demons for deception, fables for false pride, laws for litigation, love for comfort but only God’s Anointed for grace. Secretly the human race wants to create its own devices for fellowship but its figleaf solution is manifestly inadequate.
Finding ground that is safe is supposed to be easy, but we cannot find, for example, James’ doctrine of GOD-WITH-US nor his service to the atonement. The Lamb of God is conversely plastered all over the writings of Paul, Peter and John.
1 John 4:1 provides a strategy for getting our groove on.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Building a house on anything other than the words of Christ himself is doomed to failure.
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25