|For me, at least, the real issue in that walk is this. God meets us where we are at the moment of salvation. He doesn’t necessarily expect or desire us to stay there. It becomes a question of whether we are overcoming temptation and growing in a relationship with Christ, or if we’re just paying lip service to our faith while we go about our merry way doing whatever feels good at the moment.|
|I’m not sure that any one of us is in a place to honestly or objectively judge another in that regard, although we can certainly question things that don’t seem consistent with the faith one proclaims. I mean, I’ve had people question my taste in films and my willingness to watch R-rated films. I try and explain my personal perspective - which, on occasion, is as muddled as anybody else’s when we might be torn between what we want and what we should. But there are certainly films that I won’t see precisely because I don’t want to put certain things in my head.|
|The world places no value in people like Claude and the possessed man,” I say, “What do you think they’re worth?”|
|“I don’t know,”|
|“To us they’re nothing. But to God they’re everything.”|
|Beth is silent.|
|“I think God’s sense of economy is very different from our own - so different it’s scary. To him the plight of one vagrant is more important than all the money in the world. And He’ll plunder our treasure to save him.”|
|“That would piss people off,” Beth says.|
|“You bet it would,” I reply, “But maybe we get pissed because we realize we’ve been investing in the wrong kind of treasure. If we all acted like human beings, if our treasure was compassion, people like Claude might have it a little easier.”|
There are many more posts at this week’s Watcher's Council. You can pick up the links for the Education Wonk's disturbing account of a new "game" kids play; Rightwing Nuthouse's fisk of Dubya's moves of late; the Glittering Eye's stare at the Nobel "Peace" Prize; Dr. Sanity's comparison of the similarities between the jihadists' strategy and that of the American Left; Polipundit's dissection of the Meiers' nomination (makes you wonder whassup here); LaShawn Barber's excellent essay on how wealth insulates the rich from the vicissitudes the rest of us have to bear...
Do yourself a favor and go there. He has all the links to the posts above.