|I also think she was incredibly beautiful.|
What was O’Connor saying? That the man was damned? That God’s wrath was breaking down upon him? Consider the scripture: “But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved your own life” (Ezekiel 3:21). Read it again. Here comes the bombshell. The life you save is your own. By saving the boy from a bad life, Mr. Shiflet saves his own. Can you believe the mercy of God? One of the biggest effects of sin is that we become cowards. I end up thinking to myself, “I’m worthless, I can’t get it right, I’m a hypocrite, I deserve to be lightning-smited for living such a double lie. I can’t help others because I can’t help myself.” Honestly, that thought can seem sensible at times. But God calls us to the opposite. He calls save our own sinful lives by helping others, not by hypocritical judgment, but by honest love. Sin draws us into ourselves, when God tells us to cry out from the depths, to save our own life.
Are you consumed by guilt? Maybe you’ve been forgiven through Reconciliation, but still can’t shake the weight of the sin off your soul. I believe the cure for this is to act outwards, to save your own life. Why do you think I write this blog?
End Tangent: I went to Reconciliation today. I am as pure as snow.