A Tree

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

This week was rough for me.  I expected SCOTUS to do exactly what they did, so when it all rolled down, I was truly surprised by my grief.

I knew, intellectually, that this World didn’t love us – but I was unprepared for the number of people who said, “if you don’t celebrate this, you’re a bigot and … ”  Ouch.  Insults aren’t stones, but they still hurt when they land.

It’s like … we were besties with the World for a long time.  We changed for them (too much).  They changed for us a little.  We kept hoping they’d change for good, we made excuses – and we sure did like the goodies that we scored when we were at their house.  The fights have been raging for years now, we knew the day they told us to lose their phone number was coming fast… but it still hurt.  We’ve pretended for a long time that we could “win” at the World’s game and at God’s, that a life offered to the Lord could be a life without sacrifice.  Absurd, even to read – but true.  And who among us doesn’t want to have their cake and eat it too?

Thing is, we never were supposed to be yoked with the World, not in any way.  We’re supposed to be light and salt, not a part of this World or its system.   We weren’t supposed to sink our roots into the World, we were supposed to sink our roots into the Lord.  So, this week the roots sneaking over to the World got snapped off.  It hurt.  We’re in shock. The closer we were to the World, the more we hurt.

But this can be good for us.  We can react to this, not with anger, not with hate, not with vengeance, but with revival.  We can get with the Lord and go deeper, and produce the fruit that He told us was the result of His Spirit, and nothing less.  We will do that by associating more closely with other Christians, and creating/restoring community, and leaning on one another, as parts of the Body are supposed to.

And the World will see the fruit.

If they hate us, let them hate us.  But let us hate us for Who we serve, not for sin.  Let the Light shine on, and let us be known, once again, for the Love that we have for one another.

1 Peter 4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed,because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

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