Friday, June 04, 2010

Third sermon to Chino Valley school board (6/4/2010)

Good evening my four brothers.

In the first of these talks that I was asked to give, I laid out the basics of what God calls for in rulers, and the nature of the doctrine that has led you otherwise, since the snare is laid in vain in the sight of any bird.

This evening, some how-to.

I was being kept awake in pain last week, and I called to mind a really stupid thing I did 33 years ago. I’m no longer quite that dumb, so I wondered why I needed the review. Then I saw that I need to learn better how to distinguish mercy from indulgence. That’s the real reason I screwed up back then. Defining that issue was worth some pain!

Is that same confusion making you feel the need to protect the abusers of our kids? I have a lot more to learn on this, but I think I see this far. Indulgence is going easy on somebody unjustly, at someone else’s expense. Mercy is going easy on someone because it’s mean – unjust – to do anything else. If the public is to trust you with our kids, you have to learn how to stop being nice to their abusers at their expense.

A related thing. Doing justly and mercifully isn’t something that good people just do. It’s discipleship, training, like learning how to play golf, fix a car, or take out a hot appendix. So Isaiah says, “Cease to do evil, learn to do good, seek justice, rebuke the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Am I going too far if I add? "Defend the special ed kid, and plead for his hard-pressed parents, instead of hiring fancy lawyers to plead against them."

You obey none of this because you haven’t learned how. But Isaiah goes on to say, “Come let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are as scarlet, they’ll be whiter than snow.” Hang out with God and reason with him. Good company cleans up bad morals.

If Isaiah’s advice sounds unreasonable to you, my brothers, you’re practical atheists, having a form of godliness, but denying its power, which is his presence and guidance in real life. This problem can be cured.

I do want to share a good report. One of you, I hear, accompanied a parent to their IEP meeting and told the district people to quit noodling around and give the kid what he needs, already – and it happened. I’m not sure it’s true, but if it is, that’s a great start, and may this mustard seed grow into bigger things.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, indulgence rather then mercy...thats worth thinking about. I'd like some exampled expounded on by you. reverse examples of how bible shows people having opprotunity to be merciful and istead ofering indulgence..Im thinking of the begger laxaruz, and Jesus being offereda the kingdom of the world if HE would jsut bow us mercy working correctly and the fraudulant, from the Bible.

Judy B
Davuis Ca.

6/05/2010 9:55 AM  
Blogger Peter Attwood said...

Obvious instances of indulging the wicked as though it's mercy are Obama letting all of Bush's torturers go unpunished - and why not, since his policy is to torture too - because we don't want to cause any pain to these torturers by exposing their deeds and prosecuting them.

Or the special ed teacher that sat on a kid in Texas and killed him in front of the class and went unpunished, that we heard about in the Education and Labor Committee hearing in May 2009. And out these hearings has come a bill that has no teeth, because when they kill or otherwise abuse kids in school, we mustn't have real punishment for the perps. That's indulgence.

6/07/2010 1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

show us mercy working correctly, like Noahs sons covering his nakedness.
Judy B

6/08/2010 11:07 AM  
Blogger Bill Z. said...

Hi Judy!

An example of indulgence in place of mercy in the Bible is David giving a pass for many years to his son Absalom. That sure came back to bite him in the butt and hurt many others too. It seems God shows mercy to those who are stuck in familial arrangements of the world that compel them to give unjust indulgence, like God exalting just Jacob around the indulgence of Issac to Esau or God bringing down Eli's sons when Eli either couldn't or wouldn't.

6/19/2010 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi back Bill,
I have much to learn about where David went to far with indulging Absalom. I'm doing pretty good with my Long haired beauty though. no access without works...go to school and pass, or get a job and donate to the family. It really is me who is not being indulged. Me who is not able to enjoy Rs company,I am the one receiving mercy rather than indulgence. I never thought about how they are a circle of activity. in my not giving my son a pass for his cowardice behavior, I am not receiving false comfort. Comfort that i would definitely accept right now. Which is really no comfort at all. This is how i am receiving mercy. No gravel in my mouth.
Your view of GOD indulging Jacob because of Isacs' thrills over Esau is something I never thought of before..I don't know Bill?


6/22/2010 12:14 PM  

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