Friday, January 03, 2014

Ephesians 1:3-14

Year A - Christmas 2 - Blessed Body [2]
January 5, 2014

Ah, the Utopian dream—we can be holy and blameless before G*D in love”. The Common English Bible notes that this is the way believers are to think of themselves, but need to be careful not to see those outside the church as unholy and blameless, because if they should come to join the church they too must have been chosen before creation.

This attempt at a softer and gentler predestination still comes with the bitter pill of dissection. How do we measure the holy and blameless, find ourselves sadly lacking, and still have an assurance of whatever salvation might mean in either the short- or long-term?

It shouldn’t take too long to figure out that every measure of Holy lives under an obelus banner. Rulemakers set up rules they can follow. These rules become a shibboleth test for who is in and who is out.

How different it would be to affirm that G*D has blessed everyone and we are to come to the aid of one another to discover and enact (or enact and discover) our gift for the common-good.

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For extra credit, compare and contrast: prevenient grace and predestined grace.

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