God On Trial by James Merritt

GOD ON TRIAL
JAMES MERRITT
03-18-07
MATTHEW 26:57-66

INTRODUCTION

1. I DID SOMETHING A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO THAT I HAD NOT DONE IN OVER TEN YEARS. I WENT BACK AND PULLED OUT A FIVE AND A HALF PAGE LETTER THAT I RECEIVED, WHICH TO THIS DAY, IS THE MOST VICIOUS, UGLY, MEAN-SPIRITED LETTER I HAVE EVER RECEIVED IN MY LIVE. IT WAS FULL OF UNFAIR ACCUSATIONS, INNUENDOS, HALF-TRUTHS, AND FOR THE MOST PART SIMPLY OUTRIGHT LIES. SOME OF THE SAME FEELINGS THAT I HAD WHEN I FIRST RECEIVED THAT LETTER WELLED UP WITHIN ME AGAIN AND IT HAS BEEN OVER TEN YEARS SINCE THE LETTER WAS WRITTEN. IRONICALLY, I HAD BEEN THIS MAN'S PASTOR FOR ALMOST TEN YEARS AND HAD NO IDEA THAT HE HAD SUCH BITTER FEELINGS TOWARD ME UNTIL I RECEIVED HIS LETTER. I HAD ENOUGH FORESIGHT AND WISDOM TO BRING SOME MEN IN THAT I TRUSTED TO TELL ME THE TRUTH TO HELP ME EVALUATE THE LETTER. I REALIZED THAT MY RESPONSE WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LETTERS THAT I HAVE EVER WRITTEN, BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT I WROTE, THIS MAN WOULD BE SURE TO TRY TO USE IT AGAINST ME.

2. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN UNFAIRLY ACCUSED OF SOMETHING? EVER HAD SOMEONE SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT WASN'T TRUE? HAVE YOU EVER HAD SOMEONE DELIBERATELY LIE ABOUT YOU? I HAVE. FRANKLY, THE FIRST THOUGHT THAT HITS ME IS ALWAYS THIS, "THAT'S NOT FAIR." WHY DO I FEEL THAT WAY? THE REASON IS SIMPLE - IT'S NOT FAIR. WHEN LIFE ISN'T FAIR YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION, "HOW DO YOU RESPOND?" I AM NOT SURE I WOULD RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING.

3. A MAN WAS PULLED OVER FOR SPEEDING AND A POLICEMAN WENT UP TO THE WINDOW AND ASKED FOR HIS DRIVERS LICENSE AND REGISTRATION. THE MAN BEGAN TO BEG HIM TO JUST GIVE HIM A WARNING, BECAUSE HE ALREADY HAD SEVERAL TICKETS AND IF HE GOT ONE MORE HE MIGHT LOSE HIS LICENSE. THE OFFICER REFUSED THAT EXCUSE AND ASKED THE MAN AGAIN FOR HIS LICENSE AND CAR REGISTRATION.

4. THE MAN THEN TOLD THE OFFICER THAT HIS LICENSE HAD BEEN REVOKED, BECAUSE OF HIS HORRIBLE DRIVING RECORD AND HE DIDN'T HAVE ...


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