The world is complex, grace is simple.

Romans 3, 21-30 + Luke 11, 47-54

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Well, duh Jesus, if you're gonna talk like this, what do you expect that any self-respecting band of exploitive, violent, arrogant, and merciless leaders are gonna do? "When he left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility towards him and to interrogate him about many things. . . " Yep, kill the messenger, a favored strategy of corrupt rulers from the very beginning. Rather than face the Truth that Jesus gave them in the mirror He held up before their faces, a mirror which showed not only their souls, but also the victims of their crimes, they can't wait to get their hands on the Messenger so that they could kill him, shut him up, get him off their collective cases, and return to Business as Usual. If this keeps up, why, the Stock Market Might Go Down.

Paul reminds us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Oops, there goes Hubris. We are offered a free gift of faith through grace. Oops again, there goes another one, this time Violence. Because of this redemption, we have no room to boost. Oops a third time, down with Arrogance. This faith is not an annulment of the commandments, but rather its basic support. Oops a fourth time, Exploitation is 86'd. Four strikes, Satan is out.

Yes, it really is (ultimately) that easy. The world is complex, Grace is simple. Life is busy-ness, God is tranquility. The signs of the times are confusing, faith is the answer.

In my own life, I have devoted a considerable amount of thought and effort at one time or another to "proving" the existence of God. Somewhere I have a multi-page "proof" that I developed and a philosophy professor tore to shreds. While such reasoning is interesting, and sometimes profound (although mine wasn't especially so), and can be an assistence to the development of faith, ultimately all human reasoning runs into a dead end alley. We may have a need to go through all of that, but when we come to the limits of our intellectually abilities, hopefully at that point we will be able to let go and let God. Today if you ask me to prove the existence of God, I would most likely play a Bach fugue on the organ for you, or maybe take you to a homeless camp or a soup kitchen. You might not understand that language, but that just means you need to learn a new language, not that the proof isn't adequate.

There's a phrase that I often use when talking about sustainable and frugal living that also pertains to the present discussion: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. God will in fact do the rest, He always does, He always will.

"Woe to you, scholars of the law. You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter, and you stopped others trying to enter."

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