The following is a comment I recently typed out, recently meaning like 10 minutes ago in response to a blog post by Carlos Whittaker on Ragamuffin Soul. The blog post is entitled Amy Winehouse Is Me And I Am Amy Winehouse. In it he writes, and it’s a brief one, how pastors and the like of many churches use these situations-death by way of od, addiction, etc-to illustrate how not to be. “The demons she battled with are the demons that plague people like her”. Well, he is right on the money in saying to these speakers and teachers that WE are the ones who have demons.
By we I mean ALL OF US.
–Simple yet poignant. A truth we often forget. What is that truth?
Well, the Word says all have sinned. We know what it means of course. But who has sought deeper into what it means that all have sinned?
At that point in history when the author Paul wrote this…well here is a very brief and painfully obvious history lesson: I was not born yet. Neither were you.
I know, right?
Stay with me. Paul knew-I know he did because he heard the voice of God, he lived and breathed Christ-that he was not only speaking of himself and those around him–those alive at the time-and those who would come. People a hundred years from then. A thousand years from then. US. And those who will come after us.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23.
We all make choices. Let us make the right ones. As a Friend on Facebook says-”it is not always easy.”
It was through that Friend, Michael Gomez, that I found my way here.
What is my point? If nothing else it is that we are the ones Paul speaks of when he says “all”.
Yes, Carlos, You are Amy. And Amy is you…and so am I.–