Monday, October 18, 2004

The Docile God

I'm quite taken at the moment with Charles Ringma's - Resist the Powers (with Jacques Ellul). A recent comment and observation made me uncomfortable...

"Instead of a God who blazes at injustice, we have created the docile God who lovingly forgives and forgets the inhumanity of our world." (Ringma)

Jacques Ellul argues that the God of the prophets has now become "a senile Good Shepherd whose beard all the world might tug..."

ouch!

The Branch From Jesse

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD - 3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD . He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Isaiah 11:1-5

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