Who among those standing at a large window looking at a room filled with newborn children will wonder which of those children will become less entitled to God’s grace than their own child will be? Or which of those standing at the large window looking at a room filled with newborn children wonder if their child will be the one later judged to be less entitled to God’s grace?
Which children among those inside that hospital room has anything but inborn faith that the world values their presence as much as the others with them? Which of these children will grow to be taught that some of those with them at this moment, who also can only trust in the love of those outside the window, will someday be declared unworthy of that universal adoration they are now receiving just because they are alive?
Which of those standing at the window will someday look in the window of a business by now run by one of those small, blanketed miracles and decide God now no longer loves those inside the business as much as God still loves the ones who were looking through the hospital window today?
What hardens the hearts of those outside the window who now see only miracles before them? What will harden the now-tiny hearts inside the room toward others who are united with them by this new thing called “life.”
There have been some who have disagreed with some written assessments of political events recently made in this space.
Some who disagree with concerns here and elsewhere have cited favored segments of the Scriptures to condemn those words and suggest the writer of them will be on the wrong side of eternity.
I shall not debate those with definitive scriptural definitions of who will burn in Hell for holding erroneous positions on social or political issues. Their expressions of their erudition are guaranteed by the First Amendment and I am confident they feel sincerely driven by their religion as they encourage others to abandon perceived foolish ways.
I shall not pass judgment on those who judge me and my words. It is not my place to judge whether they are so significantly saved that they can speak with assurance about those they see who clearly are not. I do not believe the ultimate decision on who will achieve Heaven’s reward is ours to make, anyway. It is something we can hope for and strive for but whether we do so according to one person’s choice to adhere to chosen parts of the Scriptures is our personal decision. And ultimately, I believe, a much higher power than those who admonish us will make that decision.
Criticize me if you will. Admonish me if you would like. Damn me if you must. It is your right as a citizen to do so within the law.
Some people rely on the scriptures to define why many of us, perhaps most of us, are beyond redemption, seeking through those references to believe we are at our worst. I prefer to seek in the scriptures those words that encourage us to be our best and to hope and trust that most others seek the same thing.
It is not my place to judge where you and I will spend eternity. I acknowledge some feel a wisdom giving them the certainty of their statements. But I seek comfort and guidance from different chapters of the same book, looking to find from those words the strength to look up to people rather than to look down at them.
It is the difference between faith and religion. Faith is what we are born with, original, pure and knowing no limits. Religion is that artificial structure we create to define and confine faith. I live in faith. Others live within religion. Let them say what they will of me and what I write. I believe a higher authority holds the judgment that will count and I have faith in that authority.
I have looked through that hospital window twice at the innocence in that room. I hope the two children who came home with us have grown up not fearing or despising the others who were with them there and have since become no danger to society merely by growing into whatever they have become. They remain now as they were then, children of God.
As are we all.