On Mother’s Day (USA)

I am grateful for my grandmother, who raised me.  She was my mother in every way that counted.  My biological mother never had much to do with me and while she is not a bad lady, and I communicate with her now that we’re both old, I’m thankful that she didn’t have anything to do with raising me.

A name on a birth certificate does not a mother make.

 

God didn’t deliver for Joe (the Carcass) Biden,

Slow Joe recently begged “the Lord” to help him erase the congressionally approved immunity that gun-makers have from lawsuits.

In a little-noticed decision with a major impact on the firearms industry, a federal judge in Arizona has ruled in favor of pistol manufacturer Glock and dismissed a suit brought by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence on behalf of a man who was accidentally shot and paralyzed.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Brnovich upheld liability immunity granted in the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed in 2005 to block gun-makers from a potential wave of industry-killing lawsuits.

Brnovich, nominated by former President Donald Trump and the wife of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, dismissed multiple claims in the suit that the act’s protections were illegal, writing, “The statute is constitutional.”

While she made her decision in mid-March, it is just now winning attention as Biden and top congressional Democrats begin a campaign to impose new gun control restrictions and end liability immunity for gun-makers.

“The dismissal of this case is welcome news and demonstrates the importance of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” said Mark Oliva, the spokesman for the industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“These attempts to hold manufacturers responsible for the criminal and negligent misuse of firearms are misguided and are attempts at legislation through litigation. The PLCAA law was passed with a bipartisan majority in both chambers of Congress to keep activists from attempting to bankrupt firearm manufacturers by tying them up in court with unfounded claims. This demonstrates why protecting this legislation against attacks by President Biden and gun control factions in Congress is critical,” he added.

Last month, Biden falsely claimed that the firearms industry is “the only industry in America” that can’t be sued, and he called for divine intervention to end that.

During a Rose Garden event, he said, “This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued. If I get one thing on my list, (if) the Lord came down and said, ‘Joe, you get one of these,’ give me that one.” He added, “Because I tell you what, there would be a come-to-the-Lord moment these folks would have, real quickly.”

 

A note on the Sunday Sermonettes. I work not to pander to any particular faith or system of religion as I offer my polemics on the subject of faith, religion, and of Jesus Christ. I don’t expect belief or accept donations. They are simple statements based on a lifetime of study, of contemplation or travel, and in some cases personally meeting with the noteworthy in intimate settings for sincere discussions. Even some of the big names that I sat down with such as Rev. Billy Graham struggled to make sense of and reconcile some religious concepts.

There is never an expectation that you agree or disagree. They are only statements from one man on a path.

 

Are We In Hell?

“If there were a God, wouldn’t He have done something about [insert war, death of a child, plague, etc. here]?”

This dichotomy is as old as mankind and cannot be explained in a simple sound bite or on a bumper sticker. Viktor Frankl discussed this at great length in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning. I recommend the book highly. Frankl survived the Holocaust and drew the text of his book from his experiences and observations. Frankl concluded that the meaning of life is found in every moment of living; life never ceases to have meaning, even in suffering and death.

Jules Smith, our fellow blogger, philosopher, mother and all-around great lady wrote a book called, The Meaning of Life. In her work, she interviewed a number of people in this regard. Both Jules’ book. and Viktor Frankl’s book are available online from booksellers.

Many discover the meaning of life in polemics or scripture but I return to that basic question. Inherent in the question is an assumption about this world and the role and nature of God, that he expected God to just do something to prevent the evil in the world. If there is something I have learned many times over, it is that the hardest mental exercise is recognizing and challenging our own assumptions.

Almost everyone who considers the question, “Why does God allow such terrible things to happen?” fails to follow that up with the question, “What is it that makes me think that God should do anything about it?”

The simplest answer to this is that God is good, and good people should stop evil from happening, and God has the power to stop it. But the issue for the believer is that God is still there and loves us, but did not stop the evil. From the perspective of a believer, how should we resolve this issue?

Fundamentally we find ourselves in a fallen world. The name Adam in Hebrew is literally the word for humanity. From the story of the Garden of Eden we learn that we, all humanity, are cut off from the presence of God. We are quite literally left to ourselves. Perhaps we do not consider the full implications of that. We, humanity, are responsible for all the evil that we do. We cannot say that we live in a fallen world, cut off from the presence of God, and then expect God to actively take charge of everything that happens in the world.

With this context, we can return to the original question, “How can God allow evil in the world?” The simplest bumper sticker answer is, “Because this world is Hell.” We are separated from God.

This view of things should change how we view the world we live in. The amount of goodness or evil in the world depends on us. Through the ministering of angels, prophets, and the resulting scripture to which we cling, we are shown what we must do. Because we are already out of the presence of God there really is nowhere else to go but up.

Some of you will disagree with this sermonette based on this or that doctrinal bias, but for those of us living here, on Earth, the message might be: Repent and fix the world you live in or you will be forced to continue to live in the hell of your own creation.

 

Recessional

Rudyard Kipling, 1897

 

God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battle-line,

Beneath whose awful Hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

The tumult and the shouting dies;

The Captains and the Kings depart:

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

Far-called, our navies melt away;

On dune and headland sinks the fire:

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday

Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

If, drunk with sight of power,

we loose wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

Or lesser breeds without the Law—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

For heathen heart that puts her trust

In reeking tube and iron shard,

All valiant dust that builds on dust,

And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,

For frantic boast and foolish word—

Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

37 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not gods job to rescue us from our own failings and device’s, he provided us with 10 rules to follow. I will be the first to admit that can be exceptionally hard at times, but we should still strive to do the best we can.
    My mother was an RN trained by the army nurses Corp program in WWII. My dad bought her a silo unloader for Mother’s Day, and she didn’t kill him, so she really loved him and us.

    • Better yet, He provided us with his only Son, and then said, “All Y’all are adults, just try acting like it.” (Rough, very very rough, synopsis of the New Testament.)

  2. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mama’s and those that took on the role.

    I think I pretty much agree with what you’re saying on the God front. That works for adults. However, when a child has an incurable disease I find that difficult to fathom.

    Thanks for the promotion, I’m flattered.

  3. Basing a ruling on the facts of law instead of the feelz of the moment – what a novel concept.
    Humans get upset at God for not doing things the human way – yeah, time to take a step back and do a close mirror inspection of yourself.

  4. I’m glad I waited until after my third cup of coffee to read this as my brain tends to cramp up from thinking too early in the morning.

    Great column and it’s definitely a keeper. Thanks for the celestial challenge.

    • Maybe, but according to [City Slickers] Curly – holding up his index finger while horseback – “it’s this one thing…that you have to find out for yourself.”

      Funny bit….but true.

  5. “in our image” always seemed to me to be God bestowing the gift of free will upon Man. Steinbeck talked about this in East of Eden as “thou mayest”, the rub being, God wasn’t quite ready to turn Man loose with that weapon when Eve and Adam ate the fruit and derailed His divine plan.

    Bottom line, we see through this glass darkly and some days, like when bad things happen to kids and old people (I’m with Jules on that), the glass is downright black. Faith that it will all work out is all we have, that and the full faith and credit of Him who made the universe. He has our back if we let Him. Anyway, is how I see it. Some days I even manage to practice what I preach.

  6. A little more Kipling for this day.

    If I were hanged on the highest hill,
    Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
    I know whose love would follow me still,
    Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

    If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
    Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
    I know whose tears would come down to me,
    Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

    If I were damned of body and soul,
    I know whose prayers would make me whole,
    Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

    • Sometimes I reflect on Mary’s grief at watching her son die on the cross. Truth be told, the Romans crucified a LOT of people and a lot of other mothers watched their sons die on the cross. I reflect on the parents who lose children and my heart literally aches for them. But it’s not our lot to live to the age of an (old) tree and keeping life-death-life in mind is important.

      Thank you for more Kipling.

  7. I cannot tell you the last time I attended a church worship. I don’t feel particularly spiritual until I am high in the mountains and away from people. Likely too many experiences as a young lad of “Our way is the only right way. Believe as we do, or else”.

    That said, my answer to ““If there were a God, wouldn’t He have done something about [insert war, death of a child, plague, etc. here]?”” is, because of God’s gift to Man. Free will. God is not all powerfull. There is temptation from the dark side, and man is free to choose. The battle for our souls goes on.

    “As children bring their broken toys
    With tears for us to mend,
    I brought my broken dreams to God
    Because He was my friend.

    But then instead of leaving Him
    In peace to work alone,
    I hung around and tried to help
    With ways that were my own.

    At last I snatched them back and cried,
    “How could you be so slow”
    “My child,” He said, “What could I do?
    You never did let go.”

    – Lauretta P. Burns

    I am not much of one to ask for God’s help. Then again, I have never been in a fox hole in combat. At my age, I have no issues with my ankles, knees, or hips. I can still mow the lawn with a gas powered push mower. In the middle of that task, I try to remember to pause for a moment and offer up a thank you.

    I lost my mother to lung cancer at age 13. She had her demons. Today my wife and I will celebrate Mother’s Day at our oldest son’s house. Our daughter will be their with our first grandchild. Two mom’s.

    MOM is just WOW spelled upside down.

    • I live in the highest mountains in Arizona, which are high enough. I’m flanked by the Mogollon Rim, near at hand, and the Grand Canyon to the north. It often gives me pause and offers up its own dose of humility and I feel gratitude daily that I live here. There is something about the mountains.

  8. This is brilliant, and I will be sharing this with friends over our impromptu ranch brunch as it is perfectly insightful and unabashed truth. Discussions will ensue. The root of “questioning one’s assumptions” is humility…the ills we see with base human nature run amok or arrogant faith, at its core, is a lack thereof.

    Well done LL…a Sermonette that most “churches” need to loudly preach from the pulpit. And Kipling…nuff said.

  9. If I think something needs to be done, it’s up to me to either do it, or shut up.

    Waiting around and whining about how God (or somebody else) should handle it is just stupid and / or venial.

    -Kle.

  10. Well said, and off to get Jules’ book! One more for the TBR pile! And yes, humility is not a bad thing. We truly are small potatoes in a VERY large field…

    • Jules is a talented writer.

      I think that age brings with it a sense of humility as we prepare to sit for our final exam.

  11. Excellent homily and good Lord, you take on the problem of evil.

    And what a problem it is. Saying that, they ask “how can a good God allow such evil!” and walk away from him without waiting for an answer. The answer, of course, is that while he does allow wickedness, he also provides a solution, the recreation of humanity on the Cross.

    From there? Resurrection and life, beginning here and now and consummated in paradise. I feel, as an aside, the desperately sick who turn to Christ see this. They very rarely curse God.

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