Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 4

See part 3 A City on a Hill I grew up in the very flat floodplains of Louisiana. I didn’t see my first mountain till I was around 24 in the Smokies of Tennessee. My jaw hung open. Imagine then how far my jaw dropped ten years later when I visited the even loftier RockiesContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 4”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 3

Part 2 here Why did Jesus wake us up? For what purpose? I’ve written elsewhere why we were chosen by God, but here I want to focus on one particular purpose: bringing justice to an unjust world. Justice vs Righteousness The word “justice” may bring up images of retribution, vengeance, prison, even death. But didContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 3”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 2

Part 1 here The Joy of Awakening I am not a morning person. I struggle to release my bed’s embrace each morning. No matter how bright the sun outside or how loud the commotion around the house, I’m a bump on the mattress and immovable by mortals. I’m a lump of clay molded asleep byContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 2”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 1

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.””‭‭John‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “The light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise upContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 1”

Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 4

See pt. 3 We Live in a Society… The way our Society (the World) is structured, even if we personally forgive everything a brother or sister has done to us, even if God Himself forgives a sin, Society demands punishment. And Society tends to get its way. Its laws still require the death of someoneContinue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 4”

Remember the Tartarans

“For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell [Tartarus], in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.” (2 Peter‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NLT)‬‬ The Tartarus Mythos Tartarus was said to be as far from the Earth as the Earth was from Heaven. ItContinue reading “Remember the Tartarans”

Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 3

See pt 2 How Much to Forgive If I use the pattern of forgiveness given in the story of the servant who owed a million dollars, I naturally answer the question of how much debt to forgive: the entire thing. The story shows the servant should’ve had the same mercy on his friend, but theContinue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 3”

Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 2

See pt. 1 It’s Hard to Forgive The command to forgive is simple, the execution isn’t. Forgiveness can make me feel vulnerable to more pain. And it’s hard to forgive when what happened was particularly hurtful. Perhaps a friend humiliated me in front of a crowd. Perhaps a boss fired me to cover up forContinue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 2”

Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 1

A Life for a Life The death penalty for murder is well established for many people by appealing to the Law of Moses: “Whoever strikes someone so that he dies must surely be put to death.” (Exodus 21:12 NET) “‘If a man beats any person to death, he must be put to death.” (Leviticus 24:17Continue reading “Pay What You Owe Society, pt. 1”