The chaplain at the center of our nation’s power looks at our personal powerlessness.
For more than 18 months I have I been serving on the Hill as chaplain of the U.S. Senate. They have been totally fulfilling months. It has seemed that everything I have ever learned, or believed, or preached, or taught has somehow come into focus in greater depth than ever before. All of the beliefs and convictions of 45 years seem to be in place.
Two fundamentals have emerged, stronger than all the rest of the convictions I have believed, taught, and preached. They are prayer and presence. Prayer is basic, imperative in everything else we do. And the ultimate revelation of God in history is in the person of Christ, the divine presence.
I am reminded of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, when he said to his magicians and astrologers: Tell me what I dreamed, and interpret it. What a predicament! He warned that he would cut off their heads if they failed to tell him what he had dreamed. In their response to the king, the astrologers said, “No one can reveal the dream to the King except the gods, and they do not live among men.”
There you see the fundamental distinction between the faith we profess and all other religion, all other truth. Only in the New Testament faith does God dwell among men in this special way. My thesis is that this is the maximum, the ultimate, the consumate revelation of God in history—incarnation: God dwelling in a human body, first in the body of Jesus, but now in the bodies of all who believe.
This happened once in history. God did dwell among men in the person of Jesus. But since Pentecost, God continues to dwell among men in your body and mine. This revelation of God in history through the bodies of believers is the greatest ...1
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