Sunday, February 05, 2023

Hauerwas: the way things are

Sunday, February 5, 2023
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Japan, 1597
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not lift up his soul to an idol
    or swear by what is false.
    —Psalm 24:1-4 (NIV)
    Any suggestion that the world is sinful cannot be limited to “moralistic” claims about our petty crimes. The Christian story trains us to see that in most of our life we act as if this is not God’s world and therein lies our fundamental sin. Moreover, when we so act, we find that our actions have far-reaching consequences, since in effect we distort our own and the world’s nature. Therefore sin implies not just a claim about human behavior but a claim about the way things are.
    ... Stanley Hauerwas (b. 1940), The Peaceable Kingdom, University of Notre Dame Press, 1983, p. 30 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 24:1-4; Deut. 10:14; Josh. 7:12; Isa. 59:2; Mic. 3:4; John 19:10-11; Acts 17:24-26; 1 Tim. 6:13-16; Heb. 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, this is Your world.
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