Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. -Blaise Pascal
Recently, I was asked what I mean in the title by "pride-breaker". Here it is:
Why do people assume they have reached the summit, when they haven't even scraped a single rock from the base?
"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?
Tell me, if you understand. - God in the book of Job
Who is the person who is always looking for something new; a new salve for the pain; a new drink for the sorrow; or an ancient remedy for his emptiness?
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes
Why do people judge greatness and majesty beyond knowledge and comprehension, beauty beyond measure, love beyond all understanding, by the actions of small, insignificant and sad little men?
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him" - I Corinthians 2:9
Why do people look down their noses at the seeker; the one who knows there has to be more to life than this? Why do they do their best to shatter faith, hope and love?
For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. - I Corintians 1:25
Why is the sacrifice of a Lover, with violent immeasurable grace, such a hard pill to swallow?
...there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7
To the believer: Why do we cheapen God? Why do we make God about church on Sunday, and "your best life now"? Why do we sell God when Christ kicked the fleamarket out of the church? Why do you make the Bible out to be a book of rules instead of a love story?
To the non-believer: Christ is not in a feeling, emotion, incident or action. He simply is, whether you like it or not.