Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I know there has been a great deal of disgust with the French people over the years. The following story indicates that we should never paint with too broad a brush - -
During WWII, some soldiers brought the body of a dead comrade to a French cemetery to have him buried. The priest told them gently that he was bound to ask if their comrade had been a baptized adherent of the Roman Catholic Church. They said that they did not know. The priest said that he was very sorry but in that case he could not permit burial in his churchyard. So the soldiers took their comrade sadly and buried him just outside the fence. The next day they came back to see that the grave was all right and to their astonishment could not find it. Search as they might they could find no trace of the freshly dug soil. As they were about to leave in bewilderment the priest came up. He told them that his heart had been troubled because of his refusal to allow their dead comrade to be buried in the churchyard; so, early in the morning, he had risen from his bed and with his own hands had moved the fence to include the body of the soldier who had died for France.
Eph 2:11-14 (NLT);
“Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders by birth. You were called “the uncircumcised ones” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from God’s people, Israel, and you did not know the promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. Though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought near to him because of the blood of Christ.
For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.”
What a wonderful truth this is for us! God will not change the rules of what is and is not a sin, and we have all failed in this test. So – does he leave us outside? No! Through sacrificing himself in the person of Jesus Christ, he moves the fence! WE are still unworthy, but with the moved fence, we are now on the inside!
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.