GM: Of Madness in Charlotte and Montego Bay, and of Sin and Grace
“Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct?
No, they have no shame at all, they do not even know how to blush”. Jeremiah 6:12
Which people was the Prophet Jeremiah talking about ?
White racists in the USA, and we thank God that all white folks are not like that, who until now, regard black people as inferior, and which historical reality is the genesis of #CharlotteProtests. And not whether or not it was a black police officer who pulled the trigger, or whether the video filmed by his wife was ‘ inconclusive ‘. For Charlotte is a metaphor for the pain black folks feel for the years of brutality meted out to them by racist elements in the police force; some of whom don’t even know how to blush at their wickedness.
Young, rich, and heartless scammers in Montego Bay Jamaica ( far removed from Young Gifted and Black), who ‘ fight over their filthy lucre’, and cause mayhem to explode in the midst of our major tourist city. A behavior born out of a culture of wanton criminality which has been allowed to fester, if not aided and abetted by powerful forces, for far too long in my once tranquil and beautiful country. Now populated by far too many ‘ dog hearted gunmen’, who do not even know how to blush.
Consider in this mix, pedophiles, modern day human trafficking, the horrors of the African Slave Trade, ISIS, the ‘ killing fields in Cambodia’, Genocide in Rwanda, the Holocaust; all carried out by people who didn’t and don’t even know how to blush.
And as a Family Doctor who has treated rape victims and wives and partners, who have been physically and emotionally abused by men who don’t even know to blush, the pain these folks feel only God can comfort.
So as the song says, ‘ what’s this all about ‘. Remember Lazarus and Dives; the rich man who, in the famous Bible story ignored the suffering pauper at his gate. ” Even the dogs locked his sores”.
And then they both died and went separate places. One to the ‘ bosom’ of Father Abraham in heaven, the other to a place of eternal suffering.
So the rich man in hell, pleads for his brothers; that they might be ‘soared his fate by the now dead pauper, living in glory, going and giving them
Then comes the heart of the Gospel reading in my church for tomorrow.
” They have the Law and the Prophets, if they ( his brothers) don’t listen to them, then not even if someone rises from the dead ( and we since Jesus told the story we know who He talking about) will they listen. Luke 16:19-31
I have read this story so many times, but this time in context; in association with the verses which proceeded it.
And the revelation came that ‘ if we don’t know how miserable sinners we are, and repent – don’t even know how to blush – we can never love Jesus to the point where we are prepared to ‘ die to self, and follow Him to ‘ the Cross where he died’.
For anything else, any other doctrine, has no power to change the hearts of wicked policemen in USA nor wicked gunmen in Jamaica. Whether or not we call out the army or engage in protests marches!
Then the strains of this song come into my heart:
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith,
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
For as I pondered on the fact that Sin caused God to be ‘ sorry He made mankind’ and was about to destroy the entire human race, but for Noah, who He found to be Righteous. A people whose every inclination of their heart was to do evil. Genesis 6:5.
That Sin provoked The Holy One of Israel, The God of Jacob to send His people, repeatedly into exile, destroying the very Temple which Solomon build for Him. The very people whom He rescued, with a mighty hand, from slavery in Egypt. And who within days, without even blushing exchanged the glory of God for a idol made of gold. Which is the reason why Jeremiah spoke as he did.
That, in a nutshell, is the sordid history of mankind, which you will not hear about on CNN nor read about in the New York Times. But which has come to us from the Law and the Prophets. And explains ‘ Montego Bay Madness ‘ which provoked a front page Editorial from The Daily Gleaner; and Charlotte Protests which provoked the ‘blow by blow’ coverage by CNN.
That’s why King David, after committing one of the most egregious sins in all of history, combining adultery with conspiracy to murder, when confronted, ” blushed” and repented. And then gave the world the wonderful gift of Psalm 51, which contains the most instructive prayer of all times:
“Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me”. 51:10
I pray God, that all of us may learn well the message from Father Abraham, as told by Jesus, and consider well this issue of Sin. For the Word of God tells us that :
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2. Corinthians 7:10.
So there is a reason why we are known as Judeo-Christians. For we are called to reflect deeply on the events of the Old Testament, as written by the ‘ law and the prophets’.
Otherwise we will sing ” Your grace and mercy, brought me through”, and even ” Amazing Grace…that saved a wretch like me”, and yet not be prepared to ‘ die to self and follow Christ’ wherever He leads us, ‘ even to suffering and persecution ‘.
For only when we are fully ‘ convicted of Sin’, can we really follow Christ. And help to rid, our country, with the power of The Living God, of murderous scammers and racists. And rapists and spouse abusers and deceivers!