Love Holds Truth

“God just let them die…” was the one of the tweets to an article describing the devastation in Japan.  True.  There was no protective ring of archangels sent to wall off the tidal onslaught that erased life and landscape.  Other tweets further mocked God as either non-existent or worse.  I don’t need further proof that the light of creation’s love for its Creator is dimming as many view Christianity as a nonviable commodity in protecting us or our stuff against calamity.  Christianity is not a possession to protect us from the rains God permits on all His creation whether they have faith in Him or not.  Maybe Christianity has become hazy when it claims “victory” over something rather focusing on who really is Jesus Christ and the offer of His righteousness.  Is it possible that the promotion of miracles, favor, divine intercession and power to move mountains is obscuring others from contemplating why Jesus, the innocent victim, was crucified at Calvary?  After all, God let His most precious beloved son die along with His wrath.  Actually, Jesus, who is also God, allowed himself to die.  It was only His love that held him to that cross.  Ultimately, faith must confront and attempt to grasp that only God’s love holds Truth.  Although death is final to the darkened mind, it is not to those believing in the true capability of Christ.  Christ is Truth.  Although Christian theology understands His earthbound mission, centuries of our writings, poems, songs, and exegesis still fall short in articulating who Christ is and the capacity of life He offers. Maybe, just maybe, this is why we possess no writings by Jesus except for witnessing Him scribble something in the sand so to ward off an imminent stoning.  Maybe our language is unsuitable in defining God.  Our best attempt of describing a God who is both One and Many, who forgives past, present, and future sin is proclaimed by His words, “I AM.”  Christians can only offer the flame of hope to other smoldering wicks that now feel hopeless, defeated and alone.  When guided to confront the burning bush, renewed hope ignites when one attempts to grasp the words, “I AM.”

Despite the profound grief we now share, God did permit the earthquake and tsunami which led to this grave destruction and death.  However, the love of the Great I AM, the very love that held Jesus to a cross, holds a roaring rebuttal to those disparaging tweets.  Christ, the Lion of Judah, proclaims and warns, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.(John 14:6)”  It is the very purpose and plan for creation to come to the saving knowledge of the Truth.  These tragic events are not due to God’s wrath for that is still yet to come.  This world will be permitted to experience even more frequent heartache and sorrow as opportunities to shake our foundations of independence, selfishness and perverted sense of license so all may repent and commune in awe of Christ’s radiance.  The consequences from this earthquake, tsunami, and now exposure to radiation are serious and deserve all we can offer.  God is also serious and deserves all our faith in what He can offer.

The candle of hope is either selfishly rejected or humbly accepted by the conviction of our present state of sin.  To the few, hope is bigger than a 9.0 earthquake, a perilous tsunami, and even…death.  Let us be reverent and gently guide another to contemplate the capacity of a Living Savior to say:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,

but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned;

but he who does not believe is condemned already,

because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

(John 3:16-18)

My heart grieves for those who have perished by this unpredictable force of nature.  My modest efforts and prayers join others to reach out to help comfort those survivors so that their much needed aide and resources find them.  Above all, I pray they received renewed hope in light of the Truth – a Truth that only love can hold.

His Peace,

Chris

Truth Has Set Me Free

Hopeless and alone,

Waiting to be found,

Left to only groan,

Swallowed by the ground,

God! Where are you now?

 

Reaching towards the light

Touching cold, wet ground,

My hope soon ignites,

My hand has been found!

More hands soon surround.

 

Risen from this tomb,

Freed – no longer bound.

Air is sweet perfume,

Once lost – now I’m found,

God is with me now.

 

Hope forever holds me,

Oh Grace, How sweet the sound!

Love lifts up Calvary

And Truth has set me free.

 

©2011 by Chris Clody 3/15/11

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2 thoughts on “Love Holds Truth

  1. So well said, and well summed up by the beautiful poem. God has never promised a perfect world in this world, but a chance to be a part of “The Perfect World” and the only passage there is through Christ his beloved Son.

  2. Thanks Marti! I agree with you that “God has never promised a perfect world.” Often, I believe, people confuse faith in God and fairness. God never promised life would be “fair” in the Bible. God anxiously awaits our response to the “unfairness” so His hope may shine through our actions. Truly, in ALL things we give thanks. Enjoy your day Marti!

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