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Deace: A time for justice

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My hunger for the sternest forms of justice is nearly insatiable these days. Even to the point of co-authoring a book calling for a new Nuremberg trial. I want justice because it is a testimony to the truth: God’s truth, which is the ultimate truth. Thus, justice properly understood is not only good, but holy.

But there is more. So much more.

Because in God’s glorious, grace-fueled economy, mercy triumphs over judgment, if only we let it. There is no darkness so vast that mercy can’t wash it clean. So even though current events may, in fact, soon warrant the need for the sort of justice once inflicted on Nazis, they make the stories of mercy only more obvious and beautiful to behold.

For example, this is just within the last week:

  • Comedian JP Sears, who is well known for destroying the lies of Covidstan, testified to how the experience of the last few years has humbled him to accept a glorious reality far beyond his own proud rationalizations of the past. Please watch him give what is a vastly superior sermon compared to much of what is coming from American churches these days.
  • Former self-described “slut” and Playboy columnist Bridget Phetasy publicly acknowledged the lies she told not only herself, but countless others over the years in the name of feminism and so-called “empowerment.” The end result, though, is not condemnation but true freedom for both men and women alike, as Phetasy bottom-lines her arrival at the truth like this: “Every woman should feel this way: Sleeping w/ me is a privilege. And you have to be worthy.”
  • The group Gays Against Groomers has so upset the diabolical moral economy of the Twitter-sphere that it was banned by the platform for “reasons” before being later re-instated on the same day. Cults hate it when those who are supposed to drink the deepest from the Kool-Aid cup reject them. And you don’t have to applaud all that Gays Against Groomers represents to accept that when it comes to saving innocent children from the modern-day Mengeles in our midst, they know what time it is and refuse to bring a knife to a gunfight, as they make statements like this: “There needs to be a federal law banning all trans medicalization and surgical mutilation of minors. All of these doctors and surgeons should not only be stripped of their medical licenses, but never be allowed within 500 yards of a child ever again.”
  • And lastly, the sororities of the University of Alabama who unanimously told a boy in a dress to get the hell out. Nicely done, ladies.

These people, broken as each and every one of them are in their own way, nonetheless became vessels of light in the last week as they accepted, in no uncertain terms, certain truths of God’s creation. None of which is to say they have accepted all of the truth or even the most important parts of it yet. However, they are closer than they once were to the way, the truth, and the life – as are those who heard what they had to say and were similarly awakened by such unambiguous testimony.

Remember, we are all sinners put back together by God. None of us is without cracks, but those cracks aren’t just scars. Because it is when God’s light shines through the cracks that our true destiny unfolds. That’s when others no longer see our cracks, but his light.

With that said, pray for all those above and be grateful for their courage. For thus says the Lord in the Book of Ezekiel 36:23-28:

I will prove the holiness of my great name,
profaned among the nations,
in whose midst you have profaned it.
Thus the nations shall know that I am the LORD, says the Lord GOD,
when in their sight I prove my holiness through you.
For I will take you away from among the nations,
gather you from all the foreign lands,
and bring you back to your own land.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you
to cleanse you from all your impurities,
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you,
taking from your bodies your stony hearts
and giving you natural hearts.
I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes,
careful to observe my decrees.
You shall live in the land I gave your ancestors;
you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

In this passage, God is obviously speaking specifically about his people, the Israelites. Nevertheless, we are all made in his image, Jew and Gentile alike. So, we can take heed that this reflects the overall heart of God – for mercy to triumph over judgment.

But also take heed of this: If we do not seek his mercy, we will face his judgment.

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