October 24-B, 2022

Roaring Fork 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountain Auto Trail, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
The gods have to meet their own standards,
or be nothing more than thugs and bullies
staking out their claims 
on the streets of civilization
throughout the ages.

"Shall not the Judge of the Universe do right?"
chided Moses early on,
calling for justice from the origin of justice.

It is a call that stands the test of time.

So, when we hear, "Do unto others as you
would have them do unto you,"
it is a measure we, in turn can apply
to the wise bridesmaids,
who declared, "Go get your own oil!",
and to the arrogant landowner,
who asserted that he could do whatever
he wanted with what belonged to him.

Not so fast, brothers and sisters.
Justice cuts through all presumed exceptions
and exclusions!

Be yourselves what you expect from others!
And don't think you can pull the old
"God has no limits!" line on us.

God is limited by God!
Just as each of us have to answer
to ourselves,
so God has to answer to God,
in doing what is right in all circumstances
to all parties
without exception or exclusion over time.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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