Jude

 The book of Jude is one of my favorite books in the Bible… I really relate to his urgency and concern. He doesn’t mince words, but comes straight at what he perceives as opposing to the Lord and His work in the lives of people. He wants to make sure that we are not deceived, unwittingly accepting influence from wolves in sheep’s clothing. I have a lot of respect for him, because he senses our weakness and extends himself, sending an alarm. Today, many may think of Jude as an alarmist, but I think of him as a friend, and a faithful one at that.

He reminds us that there is a consequence for our behaviors, our decisions, and the path we choose and take. Today there is a sentiment that ultimately we will all be OK, regardless of our way of life and what we hold true. Jude counters that, and after all, he’s in the Bible. We do well to listen to him and consider his words carefully.

Jude proclaims clarity in a sea of confusion. His words ring true, his urgency is arresting, and I can imagine his face flush with sincerity and concern. Time has a way of beguiling our hearts. Occasionally, we need a splash of cold water in the face, and Jude has discerned our need.

We have not evolved beyond the weaknesses of our ancient forbears. We are them and they are us, and we must take great care to learn from their example, for the good and for the bad. If we do not learn from them, and we answer Jude’s warning with contempt, we will prove once and for all that we have missed the great invitation of Grace, rather plunging headlong into oblivion, destruction and ruin.

May that not be our fate.

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