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Topic: Bark is Worse than His/Her Bite (10/17/13)
TITLE: No Fooling With
By Dawn Winston
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My God is not a God who messes around. If my God barks, I expect his bite to match… exactly. With Abraham, however, God tells him he will destroy Sodom, I expect my God to obliterate it as promised. But Abraham questions the living God.
Then Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing - to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Genesis 18:23-25
Abraham talks as a child who knows he is loved by his father. He is like a child old enough, bold enough to stand up and insist on his father doing right by all.
My father was not a man to mess around. He was an honorable man who did not like nor believe in, nor agree with God. His only discipline was a piercing look or snapping comment. That was all that was needed. One day in the back yard he stood over me and calmly pronounced that he would go out, find and kill a pusher if I, or my brother or sister ever tried drugs. There was no question; no doubt he would do exactly that. It was just understood he was crazy enough to do it. Quiet spoken, his bite matched his bark. We never saw it, but we were sure of it.
I went to college on the opposite coast and corner of the country. There I tried some drugs. They were dull compared to the madness in my brain, so no worries of addiction there. I later worked in a marijuana farm, not rebelliously, just hoping for money enough for another year in school, (and, ok, some adventure.) My father was far away mentally and physically. I shrugged his threat off. I never thought what he might do to me, knowing I was the most dangerous, vile type of person in the world to him.
We are fortunate to have a merciful God whose bark is sometimes worse that his bite.
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