Sometimes the song you are going to use in the lectionary is fairly obvious once you read the text, and the question then is which version are you going to use. So it is today. The text is the blessing, the song is the same from last year, and the version I’ve chosen is fully orchestral and fairly over the top.
It involves the pursuit of excellence. To do that is hard. Most of the time. orchestral musicians sit close to one another and this helps with bowing, with intonation, and with keeping the rhythm of the music together. But when you are five feet apart, you are playing with others but not alongside others.
Consider that if we are blessed, we should be visible, and our works should be excellent. Yes, anything worth doing is worth doing badly, but it is far better, and brings greater glory to God, to do things as well as we can.
22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”
21 And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? 22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Again, if we are to be seen, we should be seen for the good we have done, not the evil. There are those who will try to find evil, or accuse us of their evil. The only defense we can have to that is to do good. God will sort out our enemies, for they have standards, and they don’t meet them.
Their cure is to say that the standards don’t apply, say, to the president of the USA, unless he is the enemy. For what is concealed is now being made public, to show that they can get away with that which would normally be a scandal. But, that is a lie, as many who have taken the ticket are finding out.
Certainly it is not my intent to defend His Fraudulency, but let’s admit this: No actual child molester would be so blatant about his interest in little girls. It’s almost as if Biden is campaigning for honorary membership in the National Sex Offender Registry, telegraphing to the world, “Don’t let me within 500 yards of a public school.”
No wonder the Lincoln Project supports him so enthusiastically, eh?
What you do will come out. The measure you will use to judge others will be used against you. And by that standard, you will be found wanting.
It is better to seek mercy, repent, turn to Christ, and follow him.