During my lifetime divorce has lost most of its fighting teeth and the moral police who require heightened drama (Big Dragons), seem to have quietly flocked off en masse – simmering, muttering moles in search of f-ff-fff fresher furious furore.
But when I was young I remember divorce being a very serious, real, whispered gossip subject – fingers were definitely being pointed at, and accusation attached to, those labouring in its shadow. And among Christians it is still a much bigger dragon than, say, judging is.
How long have we laboured under the intentional or merely stupid, axe-to-grind, obfuscational, un-thought-through interpretations of THE GOOD NEWS? For so very long I have wrestled with ass-upside-down understandings of the prodigal son and Jonah and the whale etc. You know those niggling, nagging, “this can’t be right…this doesn’t make sense?! What’s the word for bad news…Nospel…Stopspel? Coz I don’t feel like this when I hear good news!”
If you’ve feasted upon and been sated, or simply enjoyed the Christ truths found in: Eugene Peterson, Tim Keller, Rob Bell, G.K. Chesterton, Donald Miller, Henri Nouwen, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, John Ortberg, Phillip Yancy, Dallas Willard and Frederick Buechner, then you’ll be glad to know that here too will you find that lovely demystifying, “Ah, it suddenly makes sense!” elucidation and enlightenment.
Ennis B. Pepper consistently considers the context of the Scriptures and applies his God-given logic, and rationale to unpick nonsense while re-securing the calm sensible love of Jesus. When I think of this book I picture the big roaring, swirling dervish issue of divorce in the form of the crowd gathering to stone the adulteress and, like the God-gorgeous image of Christ calmly drawing in the sand, so I see a writer child of God calmly asking if fornication is not just one of the many ways of committing adultery – breaking the marriage contract.
Sensible musings indeed!