Monday, October 25, 2010

On Justice.

In three parts.


Laws do not create core values, laws perpetuate core values.

And what a shame for those who claim to have and know the One who is Truth
(that is to say, the I AM, the Way, the LIFE), to be lame about their voting rights and forego the opportunity to perpetuate LIFE.

How one votes is a blatant expression of his or her core values.
You say one candidate upholds the prime fiscal policies or educational reforms, and mutter under your breath his or her support for partial-birth abortion or assisted suicide...
Ah, this too is a reflection of your core values. Something else apparently matters more than the issue of sparing a few thousand babies from their innocent deaths.

How will you explain to the next generation that you perpetuated a death culture in order to protect your pennies from being pocketed? I would hope that the Spirit of God would so move your heart to the rhythms of Heaven... Heaven holds many babes in her arms, and how she loves them! But have they fulfilled their destinies before the rights were stripped from them?

God, restore righteousness in our government! Would you place someone in position who would perpetuate the the laws of Your Kingdom, and distinguish between the holy and profane.

Endow the king with justice, O God, the royal son with righteousness... He will defend the afflicted among the people, and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor... For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy, and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.

- Psalm 72


O shepherds, ministers of the Word! I ask: where will you lead your flocks? Or where will you avoid? Do you not speak of truth and justice and reformation because of protocol, because of status, because of fear? Do you finish your sermon on God-ordained frivolous prosperity, close the door to your office, and say a passing prayer (a mere thought!) that your sheep will choose the best path? Not to say that the outcome is upon your heads, but leaders will be held accountable.

And flock, do not blame your leaders for your laziness. May I propose that voting is tithe and offering too? It is both your responsibility and your willing gift. Laws will be made! Core values perpetuated! What are you standing for? Are you fearful of persecution? Blessed are you who carry the name of Christ! Blessed are you who are not ashamed of His Name before men!

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices - mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law - JUSTICE, MERCY, and FAITHFULNESS. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former.

- Matthew 23.23


My spirit groans, it aches - not in fear for the turnout this upcoming election - but it aches for an awakening of the church, a maturing of the church. We have lost our mandate to care for our fellow bretheren: and I refer most especially to the little ones, the 50+ million in America... we did not vote to save their lives, we put them in the foster care of heartless abortion clinics, we did not wash our hands of guilt (oh, did we know our hands were dirty? and yes, we have licked our fingers after eating processed/preserved/dried religion... these germs! They make us sick.)

We have been unmoved, passive, bland. We are gray walls in an empty castle, we are a prodigious landmark that has gathered moss. How deplorable that the nations should pass us! And forbid that, as though in tourism, they should say, "And herein lies the great church, she has stood throughout history, and she exists today, without inhabitants, without influence."

The grievances of my heart perhaps seem numerable, but I am hopeful.
This is why I pray for justice. This is why I pray for revival.
What is faith, what is a prayer, if I do not believe these things will come to pass?
What is it, to cry out for justice, if I do not have hope for the church, hope for government, hope for LIFE? These words may have been brash, but I speak from a heart that loves LIFE, and it would not be right to cry out on behalf of the dead and dying if I did not contend for those who have survived this holocaust.

This is our moment to perpetuate righteousness, to perpetuate LIFE. There is no HOLY excuse for the murder of innocent babes. So let the conviction in our spirit be for love, for God is Love, God is life. Though we may have been inactive or silent, there is always a greater and unfathomable grace.
My friends, VOTE. PRAY. Move. Shift.

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth... Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim His praise in the islands. The Lord will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.

"For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp, I pant... I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them..."

- Isaiah 42


Monday, October 18, 2010


There is no way I am anywhere near close to this.  Hence the reason I pray it.


Jesus, how you so deeply desire for me to be ablaze!  And O, that Your jealousy would burn me into pure zealotry- a fervor fueled by a longing for Your heart.  Make the achings of Your heart become the aching of my heart... still,

A life of consecration always comes before a life of love.

- Watchman Nee

I must know You as my King before I know You as my Lover.  I must know You as my Master before I know You as my Friend.  And not that You are exclusive to this, but I nearly demand it of myself, because these sacrifices of servanthood are my acts of love before You.

Beautiful Christ!  When You washed Your disciples' feet, John said of You,

Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love...

- John 13.2

Ah!  The groanings of my spirit cannot comprehend this!  The full extent?  And so what are my weak words before You? I sputter out these immature, incomplete, and still completely innocent words "I love You..."  Yet how have I showed You the full extent of my love?

No.  This is not about religion: about working or purging myself to gain Your love, about performing as a servant before a King, a slave before a Master- oh this would defy the power of the Cross that tore the veil between us!
This is not about the necessity to do these things in order to earn Your love, but this is of my willingness to be a servant as You have been.

This is about giving my offering.  This is not about the tithe that You commanded, this is about the free-will gift that I choose to give to You, the humble sacrifices - taking treasures I have long held close to my soul, and declaring that they are no longer my treasures, for You are my Treasure.

Because the elements of time and resources and earthly gain and ego, what will stand the heat of Your gaze?  What will endure into the eternity we spend together, what will last forever?  I must be consecrated!  Willingly consecrated!  A willing circumcision of my heart!

O the circumcision of the heart!  I must be willing for You to make the painful incisions in every hidden part of me!  Little Heart, you love as much as you know love, but you are wounded and offended and bitter and scared, Little Heart, He must make the careful, excruciating severance...

But willingly I do this, my loving Master, I want to be set apart, marked by my King, separated from the world, consecrated... willingly consecrated... Serving out of love, different because of love, giving out of love, giving giving giving...


And all the while You know my heart.  You know my heart only longs to be closer to You.  I wait on Your every word, I rush to satisfy Your requests, Your demands.  I love Your commands, Your law.  So I find myself in Your presence more oft, and I learn Your ways - the way You like things set, how You want it done.  I learn Your favorite things.  And I would go above and beyond what You ask of me, solely because I love You, and I delight in seeing You delighted.

I know You intimately, just being Your servant, and in the fullness of Your grace, You know me (fully)... You love me.

And He talks with me, and He walks with me, and He tells me that I am His own

- "In the Garden" C. Austin Miles

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

- Jesus.  John 15.15

I am a friend who chooses to serve my Friend.
I know You, my King, in Your chambers.
I have found that I am Your treasure.


Currently Listening: IHOP Prayer Room
Currently Watching: The Phantom of the Opera (because "All I Ask of You" is much like Jesus)
Currently Reading: Song of Songs, by Watchman Nee