JAMES 1:23:25 ESV
In her book, Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital¹, Lieutenant Commander Heidi Kraft, a stateside medical personnel deployed to Iraq to serve as a clinical psychologist in the US Navy, uncovered the wounds that doctors and surgeons never see. In a world where rockets and IEDs explode randomly nearby, there are two rules to live by as articulated by the TV show M*A*S*H. “Rule number one is [people] die. Rule number two is that doctors can’t change rule number one.”
While “the Church is becoming more politicized, society unravels emphasizing mercy less and morality more,” said Philip Yancey in his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace². The family unit is riddled with divorce and separation. There are wars and rumors of wars all around us. Incurable diseases and famine are on the rise as doctors and scientists are perplexed with reversing age or defying death. Evangelicals are fixated on politics and pulpits. A normal human has no answer to human deterioration other than legislation. In another context, Nietzsche³ warned the world to “be careful, lest in fighting the monster you become the monster.” Every civilization throughout history cultivated forms of religion that sustained their viability ever since the cosmic calamity of man’s disobedience. Religion has been a vain attempt to replace what mankind lost after the fall. God never gave man a system or ‘ism.’ He offered relationship as one beholding another through a mirror, ‘us like Him, Him like us’. Our brokenness is no news to our creator. Our view of a world shattered is the condition of our heart exposed. The weapons of our convictions are virtually powerless deployed against the forces of the world.
¹ Squier Kraft, Heidi. Rule Number Two: Lessons I learned in a Combat Hospital. Little Brown and Company, 2007.
² Yancey, Philip. What’s So Amazing About Grace?. Zondervan, 2002.
³ Nietzsche, Friedrich. Beyond Good and Evil. Penguin Classics, 2003.
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5 Qureshi, Nabeel. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Zondervan, 2014.
6 Lewis, C.S. The Weight of Glory. HarperOne, 1949.