July 6, 2014

The God-Side Protects and Cares




SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:21   The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NI)

REFLECTION: Although Adam and Eve’s sin had inevitable and severe consequences God did not back down sympathetically. He understood their nakedness was not only spiritual, but physical, and being empathetic, He replaced their fig leaf covering—having a sandpaper texture—with sturdier and more comfortable animal skin garments.

This is a good model for the church.

When Robin wrote personal checks off a church account there were consequences. However, congregational empathy kicked in with a consensus to open a door for her repentance. That opening allowed her to pay back stolen the money rather than to face criminal charges. The church offered clothing “sturdier than fig leaves.”

Ultimately, Robin resisted, refusing to fulfill her part of the bargain and instead continuing her lifestyle of manipulation and rebellion. Again, there were consequences. She faced 99 charges, brought against her by the church insurance company. She was convicted of the crime.

Adam and Eve undoubtedly resisted. Perhaps neither understood their relationship with God. Nonetheless, the God-side demonstrated compassion while not dismissing consequences.

When the church congregation dealt with Robin they acted like I feel churches. It modeled behavior founded on Old Testament scripture. Albeit, congregation members had to wrestle with the problem and act differently than they had in the past.

And that is not all bad.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for demonstrating compassion and empathy as an example for our responses. Also, help us realize that we cannot “fix” situations by eliminating consequences. There is a fine line between the two actions. Amen.



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1 Comment »

  1. Your comments “Adam and Eve undoubtedly resisted. Perhaps neither understood their relationship with God.” …I haven’t thought about Adam and Eve not understanding their relationship with God. Interesting thought…
    Maybe they didn’t understand that the snake was deceiving them…

    Comment by merry101 — July 6, 2014 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

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