Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Doin' the DO: March 11: Righteousness and Honesty

Today's Online Morning Prayer can be found here .

Two thoughts as I prayed the Morning Prayer today:

First: In reading Psalm 72, it struck me how we have distorted the term "righteousness" over the years, turning it into a conceptually puny, largely self-serving chest-beating declaration of personal piety. Look at what the Psalmist has to say about righteousness -- about looking after the interests of the poor and needy, who have no one else to advocate on their behalf.

Second: The morning's texts, particularly the Old Testament and Epistle lessons, have been speaking to me about the importance of honesty and integrity in our relationships with God. The texts seem to say, "Just get real; just drop the pretense and acknowledge the ways in which you disrespect God and your neighbors." Or as my 12-Step friends might put it, first you have to admit you have a problem.

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