The Hovering Cross
Imagine a cross hovering waist high above the ground. It hovers perfectly parallel to the ground. There are no engines and it generates no blast of air. It is silent. (There is something most insecure about hovercraft - they can whisk away in a heart-beat, a mere blink of the eye.)
This cross is constructed from an unknown ancient lumber, and is covered in a still fresh human blood where a divine man had once lain. Blood drips irregularly from the cross. More often though it is wiped away, discarded to the floor by the countless believers gathered studiously around it.
The blood on the cross frustrates those gathered, for they are only interested in the words that the blood hides. Words carved into the timber by a strange hand. These students of the cross are more interested in the writings behind the blood, than the man who shed the blood. Yet curiously to these diligent students the blood reappears almost as instantly as it is swiped away.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me... (Jn 5:39-40)
These students are so clearly interested in the Words about the victim, rather than in the victim Himself. This has become the post-reformation state of the educated evangelical church.
O Lord that I would only be ever caught up in my Savior Himself and not the words about Him. Amen
(This short parable can be found in chapter one of GREAT MERCY#)
GREAT MERCY is a book written in modern parables that speaks to the ancient church.
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"Theology has become the arbiter of truth when it cannot be the guarantor of truth"
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#Michael Cartwright, GREAT MERCY ~ (Bloomington IN, WestBow Press, 2013),