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Jennifer Grassman

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November 2013

Poetry: The Lyrics of Isaiah

The following lyrics are to a song I wrote for my upcoming album, Once Upon A Time. Even though it wasn’t meant to be a holiday song, it has become a favorite Christmas carol among our church friends, and Jason and I will be playing it this Sunday, December 1, at Spring Cypress Church in Spring, TX. Services are open to the public. We’re hoping to get a volunteer to film it (hint! hint!).

ISAIAH

by Jennifer Grassman, 2013

Listen, in the wilderness, a voice is crying,
A voice is crying, in the wild of lost souls,
“Comfort, comfort, ye my children,” the voice is pleading,
The voice is pleading, “Take comfort in your souls.”

Warfare now is ended, bring in the peace,
Bring in the peace to every land,
The battle cry is silenced! Behold your God,
Behold your God, you sons of man,
Sands are falling, winds are changing,
Heaven’s drawing nigh.

Like a flower of the field, we wilt and die,
We wilt and die, like the flowers of the field,
Grass withers and flowers fade but God is forever,
Yes God is forever, and his Word shall never fail.

Warfare now is ended, bring in the peace,
Bring in the peace to every land,
The battle cry is silenced! Behold your God,
Behold your God, you sons of man,
Sands are falling, winds are changing,
Heaven’s drawing nigh.

The valleys shall be lifted up, the mountains made low
Preparing the way for the coming of our God,
The glory of the Lord shall be revealed like a mystery,
Shining through history, at the coming of our God.

Our warfare now is ended, bring in the peace,
Bring in the peace to every land,
The battle cry is silenced! Behold your God,
Behold your God, you sons of man,
Sands are falling, winds are changing,
Heaven’s drawing nigh.

Isaiah 40:3-5, The Bible
Isaiah 40:3-5, The Bible

The BIG [logical] BANG: Don’t Panic! Evolution Proves That God Exists

Many of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ react strongly against evolution and modern science. This is partly because atheists often try to claim that evolution is proof that God did not create the world. This, however, is utter nonsense. Here’s why:

If God created the world, then science is merely the study of God’s creation. If evolution occurs then God made it and it is good, and – even Darwin agreed – there is nothing about the theory of evolution that poses a threat to the existence of God. God cannot, as Douglas Adams put it, “disappear in a puff of logic.”  In fact, if science is well researched and accurate, it must and can only prove the existence of God – not the other way around – just as a painting proves the existence of a painter, or a skyscraper proves the existence of an architect.

The fact that our world came together out of a series of millions of very unlikely events, as opposed to spiraling into entropy with the rest of the known lifeless universe, is a very curious fact. Evolution is order out of chaos. Any good housewife or gardener knows that organization and tidiness never ever comes out of chaos without a lot of hard work and patience. Instead, chaos begets chaos. Evolution, therefor, effectively proves that there is a God, because without a good gardener, housewife, architect, or painter, everything spirals toward chaos; nothing ever randomly organizes itself.

As much as some Christians fear evolution, and as much as some atheists would love to believe that evolution proves that there is no God (somehow imagining that a “big bang” explosion, or a puddle of primordial slime ever did anything in an orderly or well-thought-out fashion), evolution is actually one of the greatest clues scientists have ever discovered that there is in fact a Creator and maintainer over us all.

Have you ever seen a well ordered garden with trimmed hedges and weeded flower beds organize sporadically in the jungle? Have you ever seen a pristine home full of wild children without anyone maintaining it? Have you ever seen blobs of paint crawl across a canvass to create a gorgeous work of art while no one was around?

Good. Neither have scientists. 

Everything in nature is entropic; it deteriorates, and trends toward disorder and disintegration. Therefore, logically, if evolution exists (whether it was a technique used to create the world, and/or a current means of sustaining it), it proves that God is more creative, intelligent, detail oriented, and powerful, than any of us humans had ever dreamed possible, or can even comprehend.

“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

 

Oh, How I Wish That Christians Weren’t Human!

As a Christian, one of the most discouraging things that damages my faith is mockery and judgement from other Christians. I’m not saying people who aren’t Christian are any better, but they don’t “get” our faith. It’s much easier to forgive or dismiss scorn and condescension from someone who has no idea why you believe what you believe.

As brothers and sisters, and (ideally) imitators of Christ, we have a special power to build each other up, or tear each other down. It’s an intimate relationship, and thoughtless words sting worse when they come from loved ones. It’s a shame that so few Christians seem to understand that. Do we value our own persnickety preferences so highly that we have to worship in different places and at different times for fear of either being disgusted or judged by one another?  I’m not talking about major theological differences; I’m talking about superficial differences and theoretical quibbles.  And even if a disagreement is major … is shaming the person you disagree with ever appropriate? Is cracking jokes about how stupid their ideas are in any way Christ-like?

Are we too blinded by our own wants, needs, and comfort zones to see the big picture – the Bride of Christ – as one family? Are we so afraid of learning from one another and considering each other’s ideas that we cling desperately to our own limited comprehension of God’s Word? Are we belligerently holding our ground because we’re right, or because we’re secretly afraid someone might say something that redefines how we understand the Bible – or worse – make us doubt it’s very veracity?

If the latter is the case, then we can let go of our fear immediately. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and no question or idea – however hair-brained – is ever going to change that. As C.S Lewis said, “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” Just so, a Christian cannot damage the validity of God’s Word just by thinking up a fallacious idea or misinterpreting truth. Truth is still truth, however it is misunderstood.

No one can cut you down quite as quickly as someone you trust and respect. If Christ can forgive us and love us, why can’t we? If Thomas had the audacity to feel Christ’s wounds before he could believe his own eyes, then why can’t we – who believe 100% by faith – ask a few tough questions without being ridiculed or laughed at by our fellow believers?

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