March 30, 2017
Our fathers made a calf in Horeb and adored a molten image; They exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bullock. They forgot the God who had saved them, who had done great deeds in Egypt, Ps 106
Jesus said to the unbelieving Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.” Jn_5:31-47
Was just pondering the mess our country is in. It seems we are so divided. Maybe it has always been so. But we’re still seeing and hearing such hatred toward our leadership, rather than support and positive contributions. Well I guess after 8-years of having been led into the darkness, people have become so accustomed to that darkness, that the light hurts. And they won’t even open their eyes ‘to see the forest for the trees,’ because they think that the dead tree they’re hugging is the only one there is.
And worse, they’ll even “cut off their own noses to spite their faces” in order to remain in that darkness. It saddens me to see people who I thought had at least some modicum of common sense, turning to the evil of propaganda and lies; not because they’re evil, but because they are being blindsided by the darkness of those 8-years of evil and the faction that wants to see it propagated. They just don’t know any better.
Moses had the same problem. The people were so lost from having to think for themselves, from actually relying on their God instead of their own false images of God, that they were amazingly wishing that they were back in the land of slavery rather than finally free! But you know what, brothers and sisters in Christ, some people will just never learn. And there’s not a whole lot we can do about it, other than to keep on praying for them.
Jesus had the same problem with the Pharisees. They were so stuck on “the Book,” that they refused to accept its very author, who was right there in their presence. Funny we have Christians, even today, who have the same problem.
Jesus wants us to “KNOW” Him. And the best way, beyond the Book, to truly get to know Jesus is through others: Through those who won’t open their eyes (to understand what true “lost” really feels like); through those whose eyes were never opened (but would actually love to see); and even through those who may have thought their eyes were opened all along, but maybe they really weren’t. That’s our training camp. That’s our mission field. It’s all around us, beloved. And Jesus says “Come!”
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