Dang, I was assigned one heck of an interesting case this week. I’ll tell you all about it when I’m dead.

Mums the word & ethics code & law.

Are you going …

This is a reflection I wrote earlier this month for a Confirmation 2 retreat.
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I will stand at my guard post,
And station myself upon the rampart,
And keep watch to see what He will say to me,
And what answer He will give to my complaint.
Habakkuk 2:1

Habakkuk, a prophet from the Old Testament, says that he will stand at his guard post and watch for the Lord. He’s waiting, waiting. God’s never late, although He doesn’t seem to keep track of time like we do. He’s standing at his post, and waiting to see God and to learn what He has to tell him. Habakkuk is looking around, looking within himself, and willing to listen, although he does not know if what the Lord will say will be what he wants to hear.

God’s always there to quietly say to us This is the way, walk in it; except its so hard to hear God’s voice. God whispers, Satan screams. God gently nudges us along the right path and Satan shoves us off of it.

And sometimes the sun sets while we are still walking with God, or its dark and foggy. And other times its so cold that our hands get so cold and numb that we can’t feel that he is there, but He is. Its just that where we are when that happens, we loosen our grip on his hand. You don’t have to let go, though. Jesus and God are always here.

Habakkuk says that he went to a tower – in those days, there would only be other people around him seeking the same purpose – to stand guard. In other words, when wanting to hear God, either go off to pray like Jesus did, or surround yourself with Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Habakkuk gets above the world, God is bigger.

God is bigger. He’s bigger than all those little ideas about His actions being wishful thinking, or fate, or luck, or chance; or that He’s so big that He wouldn’t bother with us little people or little Earth.

So, you gonna go stand watch for God?

Lifestyle

“Those who are well do not need physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Mark 2:17

If one is ill, what does it do to the person? Things go awry biologically and the body goes into overdrive trying to purge itself of the impurities, the disease, the bacteria. So, too the Soul. How does one person come to purge their soul of impurities and sinful ways? St John the Baptist tells us the first thing to be done is repentance because the Kingdom of God is at hand, now is the time (Mt 3:2). Repentance and true sorrow for sin before God is how the Soul heals itself.

“A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil.” Matthew 12:35

Just as the body heals itself biologically and neurologically from an illness, to create immunity, the Soul has to show internal changes. One of many ways for the status of a Soul to be judged is by its fruit. Christians have to be on guard to ensure that worldly anxiety, the lure of riches, and the craving for other things do not intrude and choke the Word (Mk 4:18-19). The Soul invariably becomes focused on God, but St Paul cautions, that just as an infant cannot consume solid food, so too the new Believer cannot produce stupendous works immediately.

However there are some immediate changes that need to be made. Love needs to be extended towards each and every person, just as God indiscriminately died for and loves each one of us into Being (Jn 15:17). From sorrowful repentance to God, we are charged to change our evil ways. For St Paul reminds the Church in Corinth that fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, boy prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunk or slanderous will not enter the kingdom of God. The Saint goes on to say that “such were you, but now you are sanctified.” The statement of the members of Corinth’s church were once sinners, but they have since put that sinful lifestyle behind them, shows how God charges, almost commands us to change.

Only those who observe the Law of God are justified, not merely those who hear it. Therefore, there is a huge difference between those who call Christ their Lord and try to change their lifestyle for Him, and those who have these Truths go in one ear and out the other. The Law needs to be practiced, just as much as it is taught. (Romans 2:13).

What is God’s Law? Better yet, the Bible is much clearer on what it is not. It is not homosexuality, wickedness, evil, murder, treachery, slander, gossip, looseness, promiscuity, greed, malice, envy, rivalry, spite, sloth, vanity, pride, and worldliness.
So what are Christians to do? To repent, be baptized, and take on the light and sweet yoke of Christ. In other words, don’t look back.