"If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Romans 12:18
Things seem to be more and more contentious all the time. Some folks make their living betting on, and making use of, stoking, that contentious nature that can find a home in and all of us.
I trust that that is not news to most of us. It just seems to have reached new heights lately. And it also seems to be such an incredible waste of time and emotion. Again, nothing new, so why does it get my attention now?
Reading in the most recent Christian Century, a periodical I've been reading for many years. In a news note there was mention of a Cardinal O'Malley in Boston who had to defend his attendance of Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral. This is not a commentary about politics in and out of the church (there is not room enough for that here), but about a quote that said the Cardinal's presence at that funeral was like "spitting on Christ himself at his crucifixion".
To use the cross of the Christ to berate another brings me nothing but sorrow. Paul speaks to that, with great understanding of who we are as human creatures, "if it is possible" he writes, to not act out in a nature that is not peaceable. The last words of that section to the Christians in Rome are these, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom 12:21)
Things are contentious alright, and that is no surprise in trying time. How do we live out our stance on things?
In the peace and power of the cross,
"Direct us, Lord God, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and extend to us your continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen."
Joyous Light Wednesday Evening service this evening at 6:30 pm.