May, 2014

“Therefore, here me, you men of understanding; far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong” (Job 34:10 ESV).

The Perfect WayPastorKeith

Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033-1109) was one of the great church fathers, a greater theologian, a great saint and a great thinker all in one. He once posed a very important question to God:

            “How dost Thou stare at the wicked if Thou are just and supremely just”?

It is certain in our day we have cheapened religion, salvation and our concept of God to such a place where we expect to stumble into heaven whistling, and God will take us in. That is what we expect, and we do not worry too much about it. We read a few verses, mumble a little prayer and that is all there is to it. We are in.

We have a few verses marked in our Bibles and a spiritual tract, and we expect to just stumble up to the pearly gates, rap on them and say, “Well God, I’m here.” We have reduced God in our thinking. Which begs the question, “How can God really look at us, who are so wicked, and He being supremely just?”

If we are serious about our relationship to God, we, too, will ask a serious question.

How God can look at the likes of me and you and invite us into His fellowship is the mystery of the justice and mercy of God.

As we make a conscious attempt  to “live the life” unto Christ; may we understand His way is the perfect way, and that is the way I come.

In His service,

Keith L. Bagwell