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“Every Knee Shall Bow” by J. Kirk Richards

The past months of our civic life have brought divisive and depressing cycles of abuse and rebellion. We grieve at racism and the exercise of unrighteousness dominion. We recoil from self-defeating disorder and destruction. While we mourn this tailspin of mutual hatred, the devil laughs as he joins these complementary partners — equal in distance from and from opposite sides of the strait and narrow way — in unholy and deadly embrace.

Jesus showed that fruitful versions of leading and following merge in meekness on that strait and narrow way. He taught and disciplined with gentleness and love unfeigned. He submitted in quiet, self-sacrificing, and noble majesty.

Unity of a certain kind will come in due course. “We testify that He will someday return to earth. ‘And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’ He will rule as King of Kings, and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him. Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.“

We have the opportunity to join in diligently preparing for that day when, with infinite love and perfect wisdom, filled with grace and truth, He will finish the great and global work that we in our small and local ways strive to begin — the work of healing wounds and bringing justice, of conferring abundant blessings and setting appropriate bounds. Both the abusive and the rebellious will suffer a period of reformation, redemption, and reconciliation. Meanwhile, the meek shall inherit the earth.

Quotation from “The Living Christ,” January 1, 2000.

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