Living Our Life to the Glory of God
INTRODUCTION: In 1875 William Ernest Hensley wrote a poem entitled, ''Invictus'' which in Latin means ''invincible.'' On June 11, 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 infants, children, and adults. The 33 year old McVeigh declined to make a final statement before his execution. Instead, he asked that a hand-printed copy of his poem be distributed to the media witnesses. McVeigh adapted the poem to his own situation as a defiant and unrepentant killer. After being pronounced dead, one of the reporters read the poem:
''Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Loom but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, my unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.''
Jack A. Andrews
As believers, we certainly would never say or admit to be such as McVeigh. However, James addresses attitudes, actions, and sayings that speak of ''independence from God,'' ''indifference toward God,'' ''ignoring God,'' etc. (disregard of God)
The sin of failing to come to God in prayer is one of the most common offences a Christian commits. It leads to a presumptuous confidence in the future.
James charges his people with failing to involve
the Lord in their plans, God is omitted from their plans; He is not part of the formula.
The Lord is not in the ''mix.'' There is a common sin dealt with here in this passage. It is that of practical atheism - planning without taking God into account. I wish to make my plea early on, GUILTY A ...
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