Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I write this on Tuesday afternoon and it will appear at midnight CST on November 5. I do not know what had happened since. I do not know what will happen today. There is hope right now. There are also riot police mobilizing in our major cities, but nobody is talking much about that. Hopefully this will not be necessary.

Regardless of the next eight hours and the next eight weeks, and the next eight years, the following is for us who call on the name of Christ. The Anonymous "Disciple" wrote this to Diogenes within decades of Jesus' Ascension:

[Christians] dwell in their own countries, but simply as sojourners. As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners. Every foreign land is to them as their native country, and every land of their birth as a land of strangers. They marry, as do all [others]; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time surpass the laws by their lives. They love all men, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned; they are put to death, and restored to life.

They are poor, yet make many rich; they are in lack of all things, and yet abound in all; they are dishonoured, and yet in their very dishonour are glorified. They are evil spoken of, and yet are justified; they are reviled, and bless; they are insulted, and repay the insult with honour; they do good, yet are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; yet those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.
Glory to God for all things!

1 comments :

  1. -C said...

    If we have put our hope where it belongs (in God and not in any one political party), then hope still abounds.