Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 

How (Bitter)Sweet the Sound

“I stood on the edge, tied to a noose, but you came along and you cut me loose.” - "Amsterdam" from Coldplay’s Rush of Blood to the Head

I have no idea what Chris Martin was thinking when he penned that lyric, but I know what it means to me. It eloquently conveys the message of redemption through the grace of God. As we approach Good Friday, my thoughts are more focused on the One who came to wash us clean. The One who died so that we could live. It’s the greatest story ever told. It has the power to change hearts and lives, and our world desperately needs to experience it - now more than ever.

It is fitting, I suppose, that as we move toward the holiday that celebrates the resurrection of life, that the public discourse has shifted its focus back onto the issue of life with the ensuing debate over the Terri Schiavo case. Our nation’s increasingly casual disregard for life is an immensely troubling trend that is expounded upon by this paragraph in an article at RealClearPolitics, which observes:
Our culture is loudly, messily working out its views on human life, which are not the same views we entertained as recently as 50 years ago. Our views back then were largely formed by a sense of religious duty or, at any rate, religious precedent. God had given life to mankind. It was no trifling gift.

Mark Steyn echoes this sentiment, adding some specifics:

As the New York Times reported the other day: “Babies born into what certain to be a brief life of grievous suffering should have their lives ended by physicians under strict guidelines, according to doctors in the Netherlands.

Much of that derives from the way abortion has redefined life – as a “choice”, an option.

So what should we do?

I think this sentiment from Blogotional points us in the right direction:
We have to reinsert Jesus into our society. We have to grasp again His essential ministry to fulfill the law. This will not be accomplished by forming Political Action Committees, making political donations, impeaching judges, or standing vigils. No, we can only fulfill the law when hearts in the nation are filled with the Holy Spirit, and this can only happen when they come to know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

A terse definition of grace is unmerited pardon or forgiveness. Grace is the great equalizer. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All of us need it, though none of us deserve it.

‘Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Amazing Grace is a sweet, sweet sound indeed. It is the eternal source of hope amidst our own sadness.

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