Monthly Archives: November 2016

Link: On Sanctified Sentiment

The author below takes deadly aim at the abundance of sentimentality in the Christian subculture.  Indeed, much of it is treacle.  However, methinks he stray too far into snobbery, mostly by failing to consider approachability.  Yes, nearly all of George Herbert and John Donne can be read, understood, and loved by the ordinary person.  This is not always true of either TS Elliot or Gerard Manley Hopkins, both of whom I have struggled to understand.  If you need extensive commentary or annotation to be able to understand it, the ordinary person never will unless begrudgingly compelled.

 

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Letter 43: A Prayer for Election Day

Almighty God-

We acknowledge that you alone are sovereign, that all power and authority are yours.  You have established governments here on earth to better order our public lives by upholding justice.

You have blessed us with the opportunity to choose our governors.  Guide us to choose wisely, seeking to do justice, not just to ourselves, but also to others.  May we consider our neighbors, the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and those yet unborn.

Help us to see past the claims, to discern the truth about our circumstances and those who would see to lead us.  May we not be swayed by honeyed lips and silver tongues, speaking words we want to hear.

For our land struggles, the abundant riches You have given us.  Too often, we yearn for a King, a man on horseback to lead us, to solve our problems, to make us great.  We forsake You.

We pray, too, for those would will govern us.  Endow them with wisdom and courage to do justly, and to love mercy.  May they be humble, knowing the limits of their power.  May they seek to unite, for the public good.

Finally, we pray for each other, that we would see our fellow citizens as our fellows, and men and women made in your image, and dearly loved by you.  May we work together for the shalom of our city an our world, until such time as You come again and claim the kingdoms of the earth for thine own, that peace would reign in our streets, and want shall be no more.

Amen.

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