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No, Lamb of God

O God, deliver us from the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, because the sin of the world is our heart’s desire, our uniform, our derby hat. O Lamb of God, have mercy upon us. Christ have mercy upon us.

Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “Air for Two Voices”

Unpopular, this.
Too often too true.

After we do our God thing
(or not)
And get down to the business
Of doing Our thing

God doesn’t have a ticket,
The bouncer at the door explaining
It’s sold out.

Grace and peace to us all…


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5 replies on “No, Lamb of God”

Hmm…I’m pondering this…what does it mean? Yes, when we sin it is as if we are crucifying him all over again–that is, when we willfully sin, the sin of omission vs the sin of commission and yet, is it possible not to willfully sin at all? I don’t think so. And so it is a paradox, I suppose. There are consequences, more ramifications to sin than we often compilate or even know.

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I’m with you, wondering what it means 😊. I never write what I think I’m setting out to write.

You took it in an interesting direction, one I wouldn’t have thought of and am not competent to say much about. I’m interested in hearing more.

I see a societal element. Also a personal heart element.

Sheep – do they stray willfully or just because they are distracted or because they think there’s something better over there? I don’t know…

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Gotcha. Thank you for the kind words.

I understand him to be saying that we struggle because we both want Christ and don’t want him at the same time and we beg for mercy because because of our double-mindedness. But you are probably seeing a deeper level to than I am.

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To take away all the sin of the world could cancel us. All of us. That’s what I hear–along with your begging for (and counting on) mercy. The stakes are high, but not higher than God’s mercy (assuming we’re willing to accept it). Thanks, dw.

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