Times are tough, and we despair become discouraged. Bad news comes at us like the cold, north wind, and we shudder and bundle up to turn inward, trying to keep warm. The temptation is to give up. Jesus cried out from the cross, My God, why have you forsaken me. On the cross, he was chided to come down and save himself. Doesn’t our reader’s voice, you know, the one that shouts out ‘don’t go into the dark woods,’ say the same to come down from that cross, and they will know? This is Satan working in disguise. We have seen this provocation before: turn stones into bread; fall from a high place and be saved by angels; and honor Satan and rule the earth. Giving in is a rebuke of God the Father. In difficult situations, faith is tested.
We are not to quibble and talk of gray areas. However, subscribers to the belief that there are gray areas that require a judgment call will say not everything is categorically black or white. Being mimetic by nature, we see what others think, say, and do, then follow their lead. Childhood depends on this behavior, but as Christian adults believing that God created us in his own image and likeness, then at our best we imitate he who created us.
If we choose not to recognize this tenet of our faith, what do we imitate. Ourselves? Others? Satan? Or if not God, then what?
Jesus himself emulated his father and refused Satan’s temptations. We do likewise. Whether it be a fissured congregation or the double house of Satan and God, the divided house weakens our faith offering us a false choice and puts us on shaky ground.
Lord, may we be your people remaining steadfast and secure in our faith.
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