Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rule Of Thumb

In order for a rule to be viable it must safeguard the rights, privileges and freedoms of all. By that definition all freedoms can not be guaranteed. Freedom by implication must ensure the well-being and safety of society.

True freedom is less about rights and privileges and is more concerned with safeguards enabling the pursuit of happiness and contentment.

Genesis 27:40, "By your sword you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass, when you become restless, that you shall break his yoke from your neck."

The imposition of a will upon a man is slavery or a form thereof. In slavery there is cruelty and subservience, one deriding and squelching a man's freedom the other a reality of life. In this is the quest for a truth which provides a overiding principle for subservience and submission to a presiding will. An absolute truth must exist which guides and directs the thoughts and intents of man with regard to man and promotes the establishment of a just law and legal recourse for complaint and satisfaction when ill is done by man to man.

We must never lose sight of the deceptive and insidious desires of a man in the search for depravity. The question is raised - At what point does the imposition of a will detract from the quest for freedom and the pursuit of happiness and become the crucible, the vexation, turning point, call-to-arms of a restless and oppressed spirit?

In our day the hallmark of this debate has centered around the plight of the gay community. It has been the bane of Christian love and acceptance, while being the cry of the oppressed of intolerance, injustice and inequity. It has served as the crux of the world's view of Christian tolerance and what is perceived as the legalistic Christian point-of-view, not only with regards to homosexual relations but has tainted all conversations where the world-view is at odds with Christian and Biblical mores. We as Christians are seen as hypocrites and legalists, because love is equated with tolerance and freedom is absolving of accountability.

We cannot serve both 'God and mammon' on this issue nor any others which exist in contradiction to the Word of God. Is there resolution? Not in Word, however in deed we have opportunity. Resolution in this instance is fundamental to our being discerning in other contradictory (as seen by the World0 Christian beliefs and doctrines. The conversations will always be heated and lively discussions and perhaps resolution is not the operative word, even understanding fails to reach the mark and 'agreeing to disagree' may never be accepted as an option, but we cannot back down from the confrontation, nor swerve off course to be politically correct and acceptable. We can not condone nor compromise to the sentiment of the world and maintain our compliance with the sentence of the Word.

There is a 'built in' enmity between man and God, between man and man.

There has been throughout history a cyclical or pendulous swing of subjection and rebellion from one culturally acceptable norm of existence to another.

Cohabitation has been fraught with struggle, strife, atrocity and abuse and wickedness is not limited to those men who are 'instruments of sin', the church has been deplorable in this venue as well. It is 'each' and 'other' that both create and cause misery.

Freedom, true freedom, is about 'each' and 'other'. Freedom is an ambiguous concept philosophically. Freedom as an expression of reality has legs and arms, heart and soul. It exists as a hope, however in any lifestyle choice any 'each's' decision affects an 'other's' options. Any freedom granted has opportunity to offend, oppose or impose a truth and set of beliefs which are viewed as contrary to an 'other's' beliefs and view. Even when views are unspoken or inactively displayed there will be vexation and affront between 'each' and 'other'. At issue is our desire for permanence, an expectation of continuity, our atemporal spirit speaking through life's realities of contentment, satisfaction and safety, the predominantly temporal driving the timeless expectations. The pursuit of happiness and the freedom to have unbridled expression are notable concepts, but having these will only seek to point to the abyss which will not be filled and the failure of life to provide more than a 'vain hope'. The only consistency which exists is the insatiable appetite of man for change.

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