The Daily Office

November 29, 2006

Daily OfficeEphesians 1:3-14

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

“He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love… according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

I think this sets out a great theology of inclusion.  That even before the Logos– the Christ– was incarnate on earth we were ALL set up to be held blameless before God in love, and that God, in the fullness of time, will gather ALL things in him– things in heaven and things in earth.

j

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3 Responses to “The Daily Office”

  1. EFOH Says:

    Let justice flow down like a mighty stream!

    If someone is acosted on the street by a man with a knife and loses $50, the perpetrator goes to jail as well he should, even though the victim may only suffer a slight emotional shake-up and the loss of what may well be a trifling amount of money to him. But if someone gives him homosexual experiences that result in years of suffering from intestinal problems, there is no penalty at all. Our thinking about justice has to go deeper than the usual superficialities.

  2. Jeff Says:

    ??

    If someone rapes him, of course the perpetrator should be punished. And I don’t know anybody who doesn’t think about justice this way– in fact I believe every state in the union has laws to this effect.

    And I’m not sure what the reference to intestinal problems is all about.

    Do you mean this: a gay man mistakenly takes a straight man to be gay, and innocently asks him out on a date. The straight man is so homophobic that the experience gives him tremendous anxiety and he ends up with intestinal problems.

    If that is your scenario, I would not inflict any punishment on the gay man, but instead recommend therapy for the straight man as he has mistakenly inferred that the sexuality of others has an impact on his own sexuality; if this is indeed the case it sounds like he needs some professional help.

    j

  3. Jeff Says:

    There is one more outcome I can think of for the above scenario– that is that the “straight” man in the above still needs therapy, but it is not because he has inferred that the sexuality of others impacts his own but because he has not come to terms with his own same-sex attraction. I believe that there are two components to “gay-ness”– a genetic component, measured by the Kinsey scale of sexual attraction, and an environmental component, that is defined by one’s surroundings, etc.
    Sexual identity, as such, or self-identifying as “gay” does not happen until one (1) consciously recognizes the sexual attraction and (2) comes to terms (at least partially) with the implications of the environmental impact of the sexual identity.
    Perhaps this “straight” person is having so much anxiety because the innocent question asked by the gay man has caused an inner turmoil moving all these inner parts around and unsettling pieces of him that he had hoped– even prayed– were going to be dormant forever.
    Unfortunately, that just isn’t the person God made him to be, in this hypothetical scenario.
    j


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