This morning it is just that phrase. ‘No more double standards’.
I try to examine myself first. Does this mean I am living by double standards? I suppose we all do. We are human. We all condemn others for the very things we are blind to in our own repetoir of faults and shortcomings.
I do do find myself having a moan quite often. Perhaps God is saying to me that I should examine myself when I am having a gripe about something. I find it difficult to understand other people and the things they do. Or don’t do! I think I lack empathy with people who don’t see their own shortcomings. Who moan about their situation without wondering why they are in it. I also don’t tend to want the company of other people. I am quite insular. However I do enjoy going out and socialising to a degree. I was invited to lunch the other day and had a wonderful time and laughed so much.
Unbeknown to me I had been invited to lunch by a group of Christians. We spent the whole lunchtime talking about our faith. It was as though there was a Holy bubble around our table. We had lovely food. The real banquet was the conversation. Anyway I have decided I want to go and worship with them today.
Perhaps God is saying to me, ‘You can’t call yourself a Christian and not go to Church’.
I also felt when I first woke up, that this ‘No more double standards’, was to do with politics. Specifically foreign policy. It does strike me that imposing an ideology such as democracy on other people, while not actually having a functioning representative democracy in ones own country rather a double standard. The pot kettle black type of politics.
The sort that says it can interfere in other countries affairs, when your own are not in order. When glaring injustice is rife in your own country, and you accuse another country of having a despot leader. Or not having democracy, and having poor human rights when you have people homeless on your own streets. When you have people living in abject poverty, and not giving them the help they need to become independent, and capable of managing the demands society places on us all.
To send bailiffs after debtors and imprison them, when the country is in terrible debt. To be a lawless, corrupted leader, or politician and expect the general public to live within the law and pay their taxes, and be model citizens.
To give tax breaks to people who are already unimaginably wealthy, and leave the poor to scavenge in bins to try to find their next meal. To waste taxpayers money, not account for it, and then say there is no money for Health and social services. Or to repair roads, or build good social housing and keep it maintained to a high standard.
To go and destroy the infrastructure in someone else’s country, make millions homeless and flee for their lives, when your own internal policies do not allow for those people to be given refuge with dignity.
It isn’t just corruption, it is collusion as well. When political policies are formed to suit major corporations, or lobbies. When those policies only serve a minority, yet the majority have to live by new laws that undermine the very fabric of society. Then complain that there are riots, and the electorate are campaigning against your self preservationist agendas.
One of the subjects that came up over lunch was the right of same sex couples to get married in Church. I find this an interesting subject. In my Bible, and the definition in the Liturgy of Christian Marriage, God says He will Bless the union of a Christian marriage. Defined as the Spiritual joining of one Man and one Woman in the estate of Holy Matrimony expressly for the procreation of children.
I have no problem with anyone getting married in church. Male couples or Female couples, Or any other gender preference the people getting married are. It is wonderful that God is part of their lives, and that they are Christians.
I explained it like this, as there was a banker present. If you apply for a credit or debit card, you will probably get vetted before it’s sent out. If you qualify for one, the bank sends it, then you get your PIN number separately. However you can’t use it until you phone up the Bank and get it endorsed.
The Holy Estate of Matrimony as described by God is quite specific. If you do not have the right criteria, how can God endorse the Marriage? We can go through all the ceremony of all of the Sacraments. Not just Marriage. There are seven of them. If we do not meet the criteria for those Sacraments, I am not sure how God can endorse them. After all, you wouldn’t have your own funeral while you are alive... I am quite happy to wait for mine.
Perhaps I am on the Autistic spectrum or something. It seems pretty clear to me. I don’t have a problem with anyone getting married in Church. It is up to God to bless the Union, not me or anyone else. The same as taking the Sacrament of Communion. If I am not right with God and my Neigbour, how can God bless this Sacrament to me. I must come to God knowing I have done all I can to present myself as an offering to Him. The wonderful thing is, when we come knowing how far short we fall of being right with Him, knowing that we are indeed a sinful person, He graciously accepts us just as we are.
So yes, I have been called up this morning to make myself aware of just how much I condemn other people for falling short, and not realising I am living by a double standard. I am a sinner. I am a complainer. And with a jab in the ribs, God just told me I don’t respect my Husband enough.
Its all true... I need to do something about this.
Husbands are charged by God to love their wives. My Husband unquestionably loves me.
Wives are charged by God to respect their Husbands. I am coming up Well short of fully respecting Him. If I don’t show Him the respect He deserves, I am also disrespecting God, and the Holy estate of my Marriage. I am also disrespecting myself. Because we are One Flesh.
I deserved a wake up call. Thank you God. I am definitely going to Church today, and expect to hear a specific message to me. Something I can take away and mull over. Something that will enrich me as a person and make our lives better together. God promises blessings that are overflowing when we allow ourselves to fall in line with the way He sees things. I need to fall in line a bit more often!
Sheesh. God says I have to clean My Husbands Car! I am not going to fall into the same trap the Disciples did and ask how many times! That will teach me a lesson. I am already looking forward to it. Whenever God tells me to do something He hangs out with me while I am doing it!
Ha! I was coveting the very nice cleaning kit in the blue suitcase that came with the car. I hope I don’t get an allergic reaction to the products. If I don’t, I am going to ask the Garage if I can buy another one to keep in my car. The her and her’s cleaning kits has a very nice ring to it. The wedding band that has survived the test of time!
Sheesh and double Sheesh! I heard Himself getting up so put a pot of coffee on for Him. After morning pleasantries I informed Him God had told me to clean His car. He asked how often, so I said for good. The downside was that I now owned the car cleaning kit.
Believe it it or not He has just happily polished the Hob, as well as emptying the dishwasher. (He loves the dishwasher). The Hob wasn’t dirty, but He was happily polishing it! Perhaps He just can’t see the car is dirty. It’s just as well He has selective sight, He obviously doesn’t see my shortcomings very often!