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InIndividuals – can vanish now…

The 36-year old worked in a Catskills resort.  Her husband drove her to a doctor’s appointment in Monticello, New York in 1975.  He dropped her at the office, drove away and later returned to find her…gone.  Vanished.  No trace.  She never returned.  He could never find her.

New York authorities kept looking for her, without success.  Every lead turned into a dead-end.  Then, in 2017, 42 years later, a separate cold-case lead led to an assisted-living facility in Lowell, Massachusetts.  And who did they find there but the very woman, now 78 years of age.  No present idea exists where she’s been in the passing years or how she re-appeared in 2017.  A mystery solved, one of the rare missing-person cases.  San Diego U-T, 10/27/17

Where can we go to escape God?  Where can we hide so he won’t find us?  What different name can we use to confuse all his inquiries?  In what high-rent district, or low-rent slum, can we take refuge from his search?  In the sky above?  On the earth below?  In the depths of the sea?  In deep or deepest space?

NOWHERE!  We personally remain under his oversight, whether by name given at birth by parents, or, more elementary, by God’s Image on us given by him in the conjunction of human sperm and egg.  God never forgets WHO we are, WHERE we are, WHAT we are and HOW MUCH we all mean to him.

The Christian loves and embraces such assurance.  The sinner fears it and flees.  Christians never want to hide; we always want God to care.  The sinner desires to escape that all-seeing EYE, but cannot; that all-knowing MIND, but without success; that all-sovereign RULER, without ever falling outside his purview.

What is God to us?

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Individuals – even enemy . can be good

I remember reading of a Japanese guard of American prisoners.  He treated them very well, especially compared to the usual barbarity of other guards.  The man had an explanation.  If Japan should lose the war, he wanted to be remembered by the Americans in a positive way.

Self-preservation motivated him.

Tony Iannarelli told a story that gave a positive slant to this truth in a negative way.  He had been captured on Guam three days after Pearl Harbor.  He soon discovered the difference in one Japanese officer—a positive man in an officer corps generally merciless towards prisoners.  An amputee American construction worker didn’t move quickly enough for the guard, who angrily knocked him down.  The officer happened by and saw his soldier’s barbarity.  He called him to attention, approached and started beating him.  The American POW’s cheered.

Iannarelli thought that officer must have had an experience which taught him patience with the handicapped.  It was at that time that Iannarelli started thinking of the Japanese as individuals, not as a group.  He thought that many, like that officer, didn’t choose to be warriors.  And wouldn’t let their previous civilian behavior change their core values.

Let us pray to be individual Christians who give a good account of believers as a group.  Let us refuse to take offense when we have cause, remembering that Jesus didn’t.  Let us quickly forgive others when they offend us, for Jesus did.  Let us always look to how we can help others, since Jesus made that his lifestyle.

Let us intend to be the good example Jesus can make of each Christian, even if other Christians don’t avail themselves of that Grace in their lives.  Christians as a group usually make good impressions.  But sometimes they don’t.  Let us as individual Christians commit to doing so.  And…important, if as individuals, or as a group, we’re criticized, let it be because we believe and defend Christ-honoring doctrine and lives.

 

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Individuals – separate . from the group

The Jews during the ministry of Jesus had a generality:  all tax collectors in the land were Roman hirelings and thieves.  Yet, when John the Baptist preached, others not Pharisees or Sadducees asked John for directions to live within God’s will.  Tax collectors being among them, John had specific instructions:  they were not to “collect any more than you are required to” Luke 3:13. That implies their interest in changing habits.

While Pharisees and peasants alike reprobated tax collectors, Jesus saw a man called Matthew/Levi at his tax booth.  Then, gasp, he called that man to discipleship.  Levi immediately complied, leaving a prosperous career to follow an itinerant preacher.  Jesus saw something in the man others didn’t.  In his Later Judean ministry Jesus saw a man in a tree, looking down.  He invited himself to that man’s house for lunch.  Whatever he said to Zacchaeus at the meal, the chief tax collector gave half his possessions to the poor and obligated himself to repay four-fold anyone he cheated.  Obviously, Jesus saw something even Zacchaeus didn’t know he had in him until Jesus called it out.

When disliking the group, personalize individuals in it.  It’s much easier to relate to the person.  A caveat, however:  we must sometimes separate the nation from the individuals in it.  This writer has known individual Jews who didn’t create favorable impressions.  However, as a believer in Jesus he knows the importance of the nation of Israel to God’s final plans in history.  Therefore, he prays that God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob continue to be fulfilled.

 

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Individuals – God loves

In Rappaccini’s Daughter Professor Pietro Baglioni tells another man that no one in Italy had more scientific knowledge than Dr. Rappaccini; and no one cared more for knowledge and less for people.  He saw patients as objects of scientific research, not as individuals.  He said the doctor would sacrifice human life, even his own, to add “a grain of mustard seed” to the knowledge already accumulated.  Gateway to the Great Books, 3, 133

Dr. Joseph Mengele, the Dr. Death of Nazi Germany, qualified as a Dr. Rappaccini.  He willingly sacrificed Jewish patients to brutal experiments to learn what he considered medical knowledge needed to save German soldiers wounded in battle.  Every Jew necessary, he declared, but not a single Aryan; and never the doctor himself.

Jesus always had compassion on individuals.   To the recently bereaved widow in Nain, “Don’t cry” Luke 7:14.  To the demon-plagued Legion, “What is your name?” Luke 8:30.  To the recently converted prostitute, “Your sins are forgiven” Luke 7:48.  To the hemorrhaging woman touching the hem of his garment, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace” Luke 8:48.  To the despairing Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” Luke 8:50.

Every instance cost Jesus and benefited the person in need.  It didn’t matter to him that he GAVE himself.  It mattered only that, in the GIFT the person RECEIVED the help sought.

 

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Individuals – reduce the whole of humanity to the . in it

In a military campaign against Sestos and Byzantium, Greek leader Cimon took many captives and enormous booty.  He separated the treasure from the men and gave his allies the choice between them.  To a man they divided the plunder among themselves, leaving Cimon with naked POW’s.  Thinking Cimon had been a fool, they left him with his captives.  He returned home with them.  Later, relatives and friends contacted him to pay high ransoms for their release, which made Cimon a wealthy man for life.  Plutarch’s Lives, 394

God always emphasizes individuals as treasure greater than things.  Often a secret source, not at all obvious like gold, silver or rich robes, their hidden resources once surfaced prove inestimably valuable.  That’s why Jesus always valued persons, not traditions, the substance within them, not the emptiness in forms:  the individuals he came to forgive so their changed lives could change any society into which God put them.

In critiquing Rosseau’s Julie, ou La Nouvelle Heloise, Durant mentioned his only fault being he made his “characters talk like Rosseau.”  Story of Civilization, X, 168.  Rosseau had no ability to turn others into himself.  Jesus did, does and insists his people be like him every way possible.  The greatest individual ever, he settles for nothing less than each believer being him in miniature.  The Holy Spirit, the Someone exactly like Jesus, achieves what is possible only for God Almighty:  changing sinners to saints and saints to replicas of the Son of God.

 

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Individuals – God sees us as

We can be lost in the crowd.  We can die unknown on the streets of San Diego, or in the deserts of California or Nevada and never be found.  But no one, absolutely nobody, ever gets lost to God’s awareness; ever escapes God’s attention.

The heart of a person; the heart of a family; the heart of a church; the heart of a nation pumps continually, recharging itself from the energy expended by individuals in it.  God identifies particular macaws by the “lines of face feathers,” National Geographic, January, 1994, p. 127.  God knows individuals by the prints on fingers, by names bestowed by parents and by his image on our soul.

Lt. General Bernard Freyberg commanded the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force in WWII.  Very popular with his troops, Freyberg once said you couldn’t treat a man “like a butler” if you wanted him to “fight like a gladiator.”  Reader’s Digest, Seventy Most Unforgettable Characters, 110.  Absolutely and infallibly true.

That’s the fatal flaw in organic evolution.  Liberals continue to demand that people behave, love each other, treat others with respect.  All the while they insist we came from a lower form of life where the “survival of the fittest” ruled, to our present superior one where forgiveness, patience an individual rights rule.  That’s laughable.  Listen to what the General said.  God certainly imposes his perfection on us by reminding us of our highest possible source as his personally-created humans stamped with his image.  On our brains, our intellect, our emotions and completely separate from what happens to our bodies.  There’s an irreconcilable difference between soul and body.  There’s no need for liberals to talk about the soul of America when all they mean are the bodies of Americans.  They want us to believe that having jobs, insurance, homeless housing, food stamps and increasing welfare payments reaches, touches and empowers the human soul.  That’s stupid.  It’s what we have as a plethora now—and never has the soul of Americans been less like God in Christ!

Christians, remember that Jesus calls us to evangelize those outside Christ because only by being forgiven can they regain the state of peace with God, which results in many good things for the body.  First things first, however!

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