November 4th, 2004


Notes from/for my week

A note I wrote myself on the bus Tuesday night:
God's rage against sin doesn't hit home until I begin to see how deeply and jealously He loves me. Then it pierces my heart and makes me cry.

Christian, you are better than this, more loved than this. Walk away.
From this morning:
God will empty out all that thou hast before He will put His own into thee; He will first clean out thy granaries before He will fill them with the finest of the wheat. The river of God is full of water; but not one drop of it flows from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in His battles but the strength which He Himself imparts. Are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory. Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening (4 November, Morning: "Don't Go Alone")
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A (possibly) last political thought

Hadn't expected to have more to say, but this is a last tidbit that gets at the nature of American culture and government more than dealing with election stuff. Someone dissatisfied with the election results wrote, "What is the hardest to digest is accepting that this nation isn't filled with too many intellectuals, advocates for Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness." Clearly, I don't agree (and don't believe intellectuals have more intrinsic value than the rest of us schmoes under our principles of government or under God), but it made me think of why I disagree.

At the end of the day, I wonder if we've reversed the order of things—if we aren't, in so many respects, striving for "The Pursuit of Happiness, Liberty, and Life." It's a temptation, especially one born of privilege. I don't believe there's a political party committed to putting these back in the right order by any means, but I'll try to put my vote toward what I believe will move that direction, as well as the rest of my efforts as a citizen, both of the nation and the Kingdom. There will be trade-offs, no doubt, but that's what I'm shooting for.
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