• Steven Marsh

Tough Questions: a Reflection on Psalm 105:23-45, Isaiah 44:9-20, Ephesians 4:17-32, and Mark 3:19b-

I am thankful that long held evangelical views on any number of tough questions are being challenged. First, slavery. Then, women. And now, homosexuality. All three civil rights issues…All three provoke debate. All three divide the church.

I think the interfaith discussion must be re-engaged with a new vigor and honesty. The polarization within people of faith is staggering.

The psalmist states that God is sovereign and will work things out in his good pleasure. In the midst of suffering, God will bring out his people with joy in their step. The idols we make of doctrine and miss the point of God’s heart. We are often oblivious to God’s activity around us let alone in the world.

And so Paul’s challenge not to live in the futility of our minds. How easy that is to do since we elevate the mind to a status that no one can occupy but god. In the midst of the many and varied conversations within the church; and that should be the case, no one should leave the discussion damaged.

No one should be left outside the discussion. Let us major on the majors; not the minors. Perhaps then we will be closer at God’s heart.

Scripture readings are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.

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