Thursday, July 31, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Luke 6:41-42
41 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 42 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.
It isn't often the President inspires my morning devotional, but he used this verse (or one of its Beatitude Brothers in the gospels) in yesterday's press conference. The President's using this verse in the context of not being overly judgmental about homosexuals makes me uneasy; pro-gay folks will use that, plus "Judge not, lest ye be judged", in order to avoid judgement and claim acceptance. However, if we take in the spirit it is given, rather than how it will be spun by the left, it is a reminder that we're all sinners, some of us saved by the grace of God. Jesus was reminding us that before we start going after the sins of others, we'll need to get rid of the major ones in our lives. Note that, ones the big log is gone, we'll have greater discernment as to removing the small sins of others. It's interesting, if you try to take this in a more liberal, nonjudgmental mode, to take this in context with verses 43 and 44
43 "For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. 44 "For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.
Take the straight line out of the way early-San Francisco is sure known by its own fruits. OK. Smiles off. Once we get the 2-by-4's out of our retinas, we can see whether the Holy Spirit is moving in people's lives by the evidence it leaves behind. If the evidence is one of a lonely search for intimacy in places that will merely lead to disease and isolation in one's old age, it doesn't bode well for having the Holy Spirit in the house. That applies to the heterosexual barfly as well as the bathhouse denizen. It's not that God can't move in people in those situations, but people who aren't showing good fruit aren't people to be taking as role models.

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