Genesis 3:8 Our Community, Nation, Planet

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Genesis 3:8 Our Community, Nation, Planet

Genesis 3: 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Maybe Adam and Eve got sent out of the garden for two wrongs. They ate of the forbidden fruit, sure. But, after their nakedness dawned on them, they hid. Maybe that hiding was an equivalent, or even the greater wrong. We, in our stubbornness, get stuck sometimes in our own forms of hiding – denial, self-justifying or even ignorance of God’s ways as we wander from them in our personal behavior or habits. Sometimes too, it’s a matter of our judgmental attitudes about others – people different than we are in their ways, appearance, work ethic, origins, economic status, sexuality, etc – and then we persist in that vein, sometimes permanently, turning our back to and thereby hiding from God’s Spirit who’s trying to work more compassion, forgiveness and willingness to help into us. Rather than just overt or implied criticism, we need adjustments to our beliefs and treatment of such “others” in our social and political attitudes. And if we don’t, is that not walling God off from the call to love one another as he, Jesus, has loved us. My good friend Sam, an early spiritual mentor, often spoke of “keeping short accounts” with God. He meant by this, frequent, particular confession of how and where we have missed the mark of God’s best and settled for something less, not just in our behaviors, but in regard to all those others who are part of our community, nation, planet.

Pastor Bill

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