Notes from Jan

Fault Lines

September 23, 2016

Broke a tooth.

Prone to happen when you’re old, unless you’re a hockey player.

Cracks come,  leaving us vulnerable to more than broken teeth.

While pedaling at the BMW center, I watched President Obama’s final speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

After reading the transcript on-line, chose a few excerpts:

“Around the globe we are seeing the same forces of global integration that have made us interdependent also expose deep fault lines in the existing international order.”

“Human progress never rolls on the wheels of inevitability, it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God.” (Martin Luther King, Jr. from a prison cell)

“Our identities do not have to be defined by putting someone else down, but can be enhanced by lifting somebody else up.”

At Ruth Nelson’s service, their son, Paul, read a tribute to his mother, including  some  favorite sayings, like: “I will not permit any man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.” Booker T. Washington

When we allow hate, distrust and fear to motivate our actions, we deepen the fault lines. Unchecked, we’ll lose more than our teeth.

When I googled fault lines,  this is what it said after geological faults:

“A divisive issue or difference of opinion that is likely to have serious consequences. Religion is now the great fault line of American politics.”

A couple of thousand years ago, Jesus stood before Pilate, facing an angry mob bearing trumped up charges. Passing smirks, pumping fists as they anticipated Pilate’s full support, then trembling with rage as Pilate exposed their fault lines with his dissenting opinion; “I find no fault in this man.” (Luke 12:4 KJV)

Leaves me considering hidden cracks in my life and what it really means to follow this No Fault Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Reply wendy lane September 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Lots of good thought to chew on… hopefully without breaking any teeth! 🙂

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