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Blinded by the Right

The beam of a bright flashlight hits our face in the middle of the night. The glare of a rising or setting sun makes it hard for us to see the road in front of us. A solar eclipse threatens to make it last— blinded by the light.

Yet could the greater danger be to be blinded by the right? Could the costly moral glasses that turn our world black and white—to bring out the best in us— be waking up the worst?

Virtue begs for rules. Yet who can make a rule for how to know and practice patience, courage, freedom, civility, self-sacrifice, mercy, peace, hope, faith, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, or love—even for ourselves let alone for one another?

Could that be why the Light of the world (John 8:12) left us his Spirit—and not just his words?

Note: Photos are of Jerusalem Mount Scopus “Tree of Life” sculpture of a dagger carrying strong man who appears to be bearing the world of humanity struggling to reach up to the law of Moses. See here for link to picture:  https://tinyurl.com/zc845x8


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart, I just came in from plowing the fresh 4 inches of snow we received over night. This is certainly what is called the “Robin snow” as I seen a clutch of 5 of them yesterday in the yard.

    This snow will be gone in another day or so and the threat of more will still be with us until June.

    I take my plow off my truck usually in May.

    In reading your subject this morning I am reminded of what it is like to be the Mayor here as I have now for over 44 years. With a little break in the beginning, food for another story.

    When I first became Mayor it startled me how much people want totalitarian rule for everyone else, but not for themselves.

    My favorite one is how people will call me and want something done about another’s behavior, but don’t want that person to know they called.

    I have had to be mediator, peace keeper and yes judge many times. It has a great cost.

    The problem is that there is nothing can be done to “make” a person be a good neighbor. If someone violates the law then there are penalties to impose on them, but if their dog barks or their yard is disorderly or if they park to close to the front of their property and so forth then I cannot do anything about it. And so become part of the complaint.

    44 years and people have not changed.

    The cost is that people see me as the Mayor, not as Steve. That was my first wakeup call about people and how the relationship changes with authority.

    I have never changed, I am and always have been Steve, but some others see me as someone they want to accomplish things they cannot and punish those they want punished and if I can’t or don’t then I am not doing my job.

    There are some people who actually appreciate the effort of maintaining a community for them. One kind word from them is always a fresh welcome encouragement.

    But here is the kicker, I do this because I love this little town, and love even the people who are blinded by their own desires. But from time to time I have to be the Mayor and keep the peace. People respect that and fear it both. The responsibility lay with me whether I like it or not it is part of the “job”.

    Whereas I cannot change the character of a person, I cannot allow anarchy to take control of the community.

    It can be lonely at the top, but I have two Scripture verses on the wall at City Hall, One speaks of having a vision and the other the importance of having a council so as to have good advice and to make decisions together, not alone.

    Steve

  • remarutho says:

    Good Morning Mart & Friends —

    These “moral glasses” you mention, Mart, sound dangerous as you say. The list of virtues offered are invisible through that black/white – wrong/right eye wear.

    “Patience, courage, freedom, civility, self-sacrifice, mercy, peace, hope, faith, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, or love” are not established through strict right/wrong judgment.

    Judgment belongs to the Lord. Yet, society requires limits on human action. Agreeing with you, Steve, changing a person’s selfish, callous character is beyond laws and rules. The Ten Commandments are the standard for controlling human depravity. They prevail through generations as the “bottom line” on human actions.

    If Jesus had left us only His Word, we would be forlorn in our need of true virtue. We are not up to true virtue without divine help.

    With the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we begin to see the Big 10 as a reflection of the face of God — truly just and righteous. The prophets brought God’s promise that the Word of Truth would be planted in our hearts. We don’t generate justice, it is a gift from God, it seems to me.

    Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)

    Joy all day!
    Maru

    7C/44F here with piled up clouds. Rain in the valley — snow in the mountains