Whatever Happened to Principles?2:44 AM
Chicken, corn and colorless stuff. That's what award banquets boast. Ham, too, but why eat ham when the chicken's fried? I ate that fried chicken and corn (but not the colorless stuff) across from a stranger, his wife and his daughter. We covered the basics -- why I was here, what grade I was in, where I was going to college, what I wanted to do when I graduated, and of course, where I went to school. I muster up a big smile and eye contact when people ask me that: "I'm homeschooled, actually," I say, hoping there's nothing between my teeth to deny the legitimacy of my education. Particularly because they were public school teachers.
I heard of a woman who married a godly man, a man who adored her, loved God and lived Jesus out loud. He cheats on her so often, repents so lightly and lies so suavely that nobody comes to her aid. Her daughters tearfully refuse to marry -- because they will not go through a marriage like that. Human brains scramble for an answer -- she must have missed a warning sign, she must not be submissive enough, maybe she kissed before the altar or committed some other unpardonable sin. We must scramble, because if we don't assume that she did something wrong, then we have to accept that she did everything right -- and the right steps didn't lead to the right response.
Whatever happened to principled living?
The Bible is not the rulebook for life. It isn't the game plan. It isn't the morality checklist. It's a character study -- about God, about man. It's a revelation -- about heartrending pain and unending love. It's a story -- about a God who works all things together for good. Our good. The Bible turns us to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. It's faith in Jesus that saves, not in principles, not in morality, not even in the Bible itself.
There's another principle God always operates by -- love. Justice. Goodness. We win in the end. We win.