Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Lord, Hear our Prayer.

Lord, Hear our Prayer

on earth as in heaven

In my study and prayer time this morning it came to me how little Jesus had to say about what happens to us after we die. He says a few things, but not a lot of things. And it also struck me how much Jesus had to say about how we live in this life. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near to you this day.” His teachings were all about living a life of heaven in this life…heaven’s economy, heaven’s ethics, heaven’s priorities. He prayed, “…on earth as it is in heaven.” His message was about God’s Kingdom at work in the world that we can participate in, and invite others to participate in with us. So…as I eat my “fat Tuesday” pancakes tonight (actually, no carbs for me right now ), I’m going to think on those words, “…on earth as it is in heaven”. Lord, hear our prayer…

A Man Who was There to Stone the Adultress

A Man Who was There to Stone the Adultress

(3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”)

I was there that day.  I am an elder of my town.  The woman was an adulteress and the Law says we had every right to stone her.  The Law doesn’t say to stone her lovers, but it is clear about her.  It says to drag her to the edge of town and kill her.

Jesus humiliated us.  That’s what he did.  We were right to stone that trollop.  It’s in the Law.  She made us all look bad, brought us all down.  We can’t have that stuff in our town.  What will people think? What will God think?  Laws are laws. Who was that Jesus to make me look like that in front of my town?!?! Personally, I’m glad he’s dead.  Serves him right.  We can’t have these people thinking they can get away with stuff like that.  She was an ADULTRESS, no better than a prostitute, for heaven’s sake.  The next thing you know, Jesus would have had this trash thinking they were equal to us…to ME! I keep the Law.  I’m not a prostitute.  MY children aren’t prostitutes.  And DON’T give me some line about poverty and choices either…she could have done something else to feed her kids.  She could have sent them out to beg, and she could have begged herself.  Lots of people make it that way.  It’s the way God intended it.  The weak pass away, and the strong and righteous prosper.  That’s the Law.  Who was this Jesus to tell us anything different?

Humiliate ME in front of my town. Crucified.  That was too good for him, if you ask me.  Serves him right.  Good riddance.

(Turning aside to shoo away a beggar) Hey! Get away from me, you slime! Get a job! I EARN my money. (Walking away) Trash.