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Chapped Christianity

March 9

"... I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart."  Romans 9:2




"... the salty eyed saint is the best lubricant for the gears of the gospel."






What has happened to our tears?  It is as though we have been drugged with a Satanic sedative.  We stand idle, saddled with our lil' burdens of piety while our ducts are as dry as an Autumn bird nest.  We read Romans 9:2, and shrug it off, intact in our lighthearted religiosity; dreamy of the perpetual morrow, while minus all the sorrow over sin or its consequences.  "And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, take, eat: this is MY body, which is broken for you: ..."  We, like our SAVIOR, have been commissioned to be broken bread and poured out wine, but instead we are steely and composed.  "JESUS wept" over Lazarus, and later over Jerusalem.  Jeremiah was dubbed the weeping prophet.  Paul wept over the work of winning souls and planting churches, but not us, we abide dry eyed, dignified, and chapped from head to toe.  "And GOD shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."  Keep to the context and chronology; these are the words of GOD in Revelation, not those of CHRIST in Matthew.  The headwind of fast-forward spirituality has dried us up prematurely; and we desire to be raptured, just not enraptured!  "... put thou my tears into thy bottle: ..."  Are you bottled up in your Christianity?  "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; ..."  Could the distance from GOD we are experiencing in the Church be due to our dryness? 

There is a distinction to be had between a burden and a brokenness; the former being something that you carry away, the latter being something that carries you away.  "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with CHRIST; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you."  Paul would carry, without complaint, the burden of the churches, but the brokenness over lost souls swept him off his feet with sorrow.  Dear Christian, the love of CHRIST would suggest that the salty eyed saint is the best lubricant for the gears of the gospel.  The friction impeding our movement today however, is nothing more than the fruit of a focus grown cold and dead.

"there is ... a time to weep"

For Love of Country
Archibald Alexander Hodge (1823-1886)
(Theologian at Princeton College)
"A Christian is just as much under the obligation to obey GOD'S will in the most secular of his daily business as he is in his closet or at the communion table.  He has no right to separate his life into two realms, and acknowledge different moral codes in each ..."

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