Keeping the Faith: ‘Will You Let Me Heal You?’

Keeping the Faith: ‘Will You Let Me Heal You?’ By Susie Moore for Red State

I wasn’t sure if I was going to write a column on faith today. Often, when I do, I’m inspired by a lesson from church, and today, the pastor was wrapping up a series on Revelation. I touched on it previously, but that’s a book that typically elicits a recoil response from me. It’s always struck me as wild and ominous and a bit overwhelming.

Certainly, I’m acquainted with the Bible — have read it cover-to-cover several times and in bits and pieces throughout my life. But I’m no theologian, so I tend to shy away from trying to write from that standpoint. Today’s service was moving and meaningful, as usual, and I appreciated the pastor’s approach to tackling a difficult topic filled with extraordinary imagery and uncomfortable themes. A thorny topic was in capable hands, and I invite you to watch the service, linked below.

Walking through the service isn’t the point of what I’m about to say. It was a moment — two quotes — near the end of the sermon that really caught my attention and sparked the urge to write this. We have reached the end — our moment of reckoning — the book of our life is being read and reviewed, and we are being called to account. What will this moment mean for us?

Citing C.S. Lewis, the pastor noted:

There are two kinds of people — those who say ‘Thy will be done’ to God or those to whom God in the end says, ‘Thy will be done.’

A pointed reminder that the choice remains with us: Do we accept God’s grace and recognize that it is through Him — and Him alone — that we are saved and welcomed into His kingdom? Or do we insist that we know better, either outright rejecting His offer, or gambling that we can make a counter-offer, one which accepts some of the terms, but not all of them?

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