When Life Gets Twisted – Understanding the Times – Ecclesiastes 8

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Speaker: Jerry Cisar

MLK Jr. captured the heart of the problem expressed by another preacher in Ecclesiastes 8. “Evil may so shape events that Caesar will occupy a palace and Christ a cross, but that same Christ arose and split history into A.D. and B.C., so that even the life of Caesar must be dated by his name. Yes, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’”

Whether the issue is the killing of infants outside Bethlehem or in the womb, segregation in the Jim Crow era, or corrupt judges and lazy lawyers, Caesar often occupies a throne in a king’s palace, while Christ a cross.

The Preacher in Ecclesiastes 8 speaks from two perspectives (to borrow from MLK Jr.): First, that the arc of the moral (right and wrong) universe rarely appears to bend toward justice. Therefore, he wants to instruct us how to live now in such a time. Second, that the arc of the moral universe is truly long… and that in time it will indeed not just bend toward justice but arrive at justice. Here his perspective is essential to endure and win in the fight of faith.

Join us as we explore why it is that in order not to succumb to evil in this evil world, or accept defeat by evil, we must recognize that there is a time to act shrewdly, a time to wait patiently, a time for humble enjoyment, for there will be a time of setting things right.

Handout: http://media.gccc.net/2020/07/20200705.pdf

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