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July 29, 2013

It is such a pity

CORBIN — IT IS SUCH A PITY:

That we might choose to remain weak:

refusing to eat right

refusing to exercise

refusing to get enough sleep

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

That we might choose to give ourselves an early death:

refusing to stop smoking

refusing to stop drinking

refusing to stop drugs

refusing to drive carefully

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

That  as a nation we are slow to learn that peace is not purchased by the sword:

refusing to patiently and repeatedly seek negotiation

refusing to be reprimanded at the senseless loss of lives and money

refusing to assess the unresolved plight in the countries we fight

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

 That we personally might choose eternal death:

refusing to accept the logic that there is a Supreme Being  

refusing to look at the life and miraculous work of Jesus Christ

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

That we might choose to remain in spiritual ignorance:

refusing a friend’s invitation to his church

refusing to reflect on a close call to death or the death of a  relative or friend

refusing to heed the preached, printed, broadcasted and televised message of the Gospel

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

That we might choose to be condemning Christians:

refusing friendship and joint worship with those of other  denominations

refusing to respect the religious conscience and convictions of those who differ from ourselves

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

That we might be failing as pastors and preachers:

refusing care of the poor for church building accruements

refusing to preach the clear commands of God for people-pleasing parodies

refusing care of souls for high numbers in pews and in the collection baskets

IT IS SUCH A PITY:

 That we might be kindling flames of racial polemics at this moment over the settled Zimmerman/Martin case:

refusing to respect the outstanding due process of our laws  and court system

refusing to respect the lack of incriminating evidence

refusing to respect Florida’s expenditure of $33,000 in pursuit of justice in this case

refusing to accept the sad fact that George Zimmerman (along with his wife and parents) is incarcerated for life by the judgmental bias and hatred racially fueled by the imprudent and unfortunate comments of President Obama; a bias and hatred that seems now impossible to be pacified,

short-stringing  Zimmerman from the nearest tree.

IT IS SUCH A PITY

That so many cannot see the authenticity of the Gospel in the Amish forgiving and comforting the widow of the murderer of  their children.

So many refusing to hear the words,

“BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FOR THEY SHALL RECEIVE MERCY.” [Mt 5:7]]

The Rev. John Burkhart  Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of  psychology

jandmburkhart@yahoo.com blog at inspirationsandideas

 

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