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"Reconcile your unrepentent and sinful lifestyle with your professed faith"
- To: Quest Coffee Hour <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: "Reconcile your unrepentent and sinful lifestyle with your professed faith"
- From: Louie Crew <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 20:45:50 -0400 (EDT)
>You are parsing words, Louie. I would welcome your explanation
>of how you can reconcile your unrepentent and sinful lifestyle
>with your professed faith in the Jesus Christ of the Bible.
You demand that I justify myself and the faith choices that I have made.
I cannot justify myself in the terms you require. Thomas Merton states
where I find myself:
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not
see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain
where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and
the fact that I think I am following your will does
not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe
the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that
desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead
me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to
be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear,
for you are ever with me, and you will never leave
me to face my perils alone.
--Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
Or, as St. Paul said, the just shall live by faith.
Pray for my discernment. Even more, pray that I will never stop desiring
to please God.