Grace, Truth, God and Me


I woke up this morning to a wonderful comment below yesterday’s words: “Grace, Truth and assholes” – https://justmebeingcurious.com/2014/10/14/grace-truth-and-assholes/

“The more I see that His ‘truth’ is not the ‘truth’ we love to assume is ours.” This statement stood out to me, Paul. I think I’ve seen too many make the decision that because Jesus said or did something, it’s okay for us to do the same. I have a problem with this simply because He’s God – we’re not. It seems perfectly fine for Jesus to call out a Pharisee, or to tell someone to stop sinning. Seems like that’s His job, not ours.

I think when we do that, we’re in danger of taking a bite out of the same apple as Adam and Eve; we want the same knowledge and power as God. We fall into the same temptation. Instead of hearing and obeying Jesus’ commands to love God, love our neighbor, love our enemy and not judge (and not name-call, by the way)

I did get the humor in your post, btw; just want to bring to the conversation my own thoughts about actual grace and the offering of that contorted-face-grace that’s not so gracious, along with handing out some other things that don’t meet the qualifications of grace at all. Susan Irene Fox: http://susanirenefox.com/

Thank you Susan.

Because it seems to me that God Soft Hands Jesus is so much more “universal” than I ever can be. That my Friend and Love is your Friend and Love as well. That my Lord is totally perfect for me, and me for Him. So why might I think that “my” Lord must be – and is – perfect for you? And if I act and speak as though He is – that there is only one God – and He is mine! Am I not telling you that “your perfectly fitting God” is not God at all.

“I think when we do that, we’re in danger of taking a bite out of the same apple as Adam and Eve; we want the same knowledge and power as God. We fall into the same temptation.

>> There was a shared video on WP sometime back. It was of a preacher bringing his congregation/audience to ecstasy. With the repetition of the word “sanctify”, he stroked the congregation’s sweet spots. With each lingering “Sank…ti …Figh!” the audience would swoon a little more, the “yes … yes … yes …” growing ever louder and more urgent. And, like a skilled lover, when they were at that point of “no return” – he pushed them to orgasm with “and he doesn’t even know your name” (referring to the Devil).

Yeuchhh! I felt as though I was watching cheap “God porn”. A voyeur. Dirty. Very sure that this was not for me. And very uncomfortable.

Because “God Stuff” and ”Following God” have – for me – an inherent dilemma: I believe in God the Father – the “one” God the Father – please note “one”!

So if I question “God Stuff” I am questioning not only the earthly representative of God – I am questioning God Himself. And in the armed forces they called that mutiny. With God Stuff we call that “going to Hell and eternal damnation” – Paul, please leave the building.

“I think when we do that, we’re in danger of taking a bite out of the same apple as Adam and Eve; we want the same knowledge and power as God. We fall into the same temptation.

And then this morning verses: the well known seven “Woe to you …” verses. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+11%3A37-53&version=NIV … (too chunky to add them here in full – but to be found in Luke 11: 37-53):

Here we go: us in our ringside seats … God Soft Hand Jesus in the red corner … He comes out fighting … left right jab jab left right jab jab … always forwards never back … Unflinching with the truth. Never seeking popularity, fame, nor any of the “worldly temptation stuff”. Go God Jesus! Knock them out – put them on the canvas – don’t let them back up! Them. Always “them”.

It was “them” back then … and it is still “them” today … It can never just be me – it must always be them. But isn’t the truth that I am always a “them”?

To anyone else I am their “them”. And even if I find other like-minded people we become an “us” (which is just another “them” to someone). And yet, we shut our eyes to that “truth” so often. And – to me – it makes no sense.

I wrote today’s title with one thought in mind: “Why do we never bother with the punctuation … the commas, the pauses, the full-stops?”

Because isn’t the “truth” that those words should always be written as: “Grace, Truth, God. And Me.”

I think that when we forget the punctuation, “we’re in danger of taking a bite out of the same apple as Adam and Eve; we want the same knowledge and power as God. We fall into the same temptation.

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4 thoughts on “Grace, Truth, God and Me

    • Thank you Don. The perfectionist (or pedant?) in me has been itching for some editing/rewriting all morning. I don’t know why exactly. The quiet still voice inside whispers: “Let it be – let it be enough.” Whispers are good.

  1. Love you, dirt brother. There is so much “us” and “them” covertly in our conversations, we don’t stop to think that we’re the “them,” too. Yep. Grace, Truth, God. And us. Well said.

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