Do we really need another sham debate in this gruesome election cycle? This is not unlike one more nuclear weapon—for what? To bounce the rubble? What a shameful spectacle the United States has put on for the rest of the world and I’m not talking solely about the politicians who befoul the public square but I am talking about the citizens of this country that put up with this, promote it and behave like craven lunatics.
How many hours in a day do you devote your eyes and ears to the rhetoric of political discourse and news in this country? Take a break. Seriously. For your own well-being, turn off the taps at the t.v., the computer, your smart phone and whatever other device you rely on to fill your mind with the bleak words of a dying culture.
The world has always been somewhat noisy. John the Baptizer was out in the wilderness tweetless for a reason. Silence may be the most underrated power available to us for healing and restoration. Aren’t you sick and tired of all those words chewed on, the cow curd of a debased society tossed up for us every day over and over and over?
There is a Word from the Lord, however, that is restorative and in one hour in a week, in a middle school auditorium (Jefferson Middle School Academy where we worship for the near future and interim) you can access both silence and that Word; contemplation and proclamation aimed at your soul. Isn’t it time for some soul care?
The Word of God severs and dissembles/the Word of God repairs and restores. The Word of God shatters and shakes/the Word of God rattles bone to bone and remakes. The Word of God pierces hearts and minds, unveiling all it finds/the Word of God clothes hopelessness with the raiment of grace. The Word of God confounds the unrighteous and the wicked/the Word enlightens the wise and provides for the weak. The Word of God divides the sea, straightens crooked paths, makes low every mountain, lifts valleys so that the uneven ground is made level and all flesh will behold the glory of God because, as Isaiah said, “the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” [Isaiah 40:1-5]
We need to hear the Word of the Lord. May the Word of God in Christ remove the stigma of your wounding, restore you heart, soul, mind and body. Let nothing terrify you; but in all you face and within all you do, may the Word of Christ so fill you with courage that you withstand and stand. The triune God engrave the eternal name upon your hearts. Stand on your feet and live. Enter the silence. Hear the Word.
~See you Sunday