Monday, February 21, 2011

Ugly Beauty

Pattaya is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is the perfect storm of a beautifully painted ocean, lush green vegetation and mountains. Pattaya is also one of the ugliest places I have ever seen. Girls selling their bodies, in bondage to poverty in a culture where women are “less than.” A place where many men are confused of their gender and men who travel great distances to fill the loneliness in their souls and the depravity of their flesh.

It’s such a paradox.

As Christians, we live in constant paradox. The tension between justice and injustice, flesh and spirit, the pain of now and hope for a perfect, eternal future.

So how do we deal with this tension? I believe that we need to fully trust that God is in control. We can seek His guidance for the direction of our lives and follow. Then, as we walk in obedience we know that we are functioning in the body as we are supposed to. We do not need to carry the weight of sin on us because that is what Christ did on the cross. In simple terms, we trust and obey. Whew. Easier said than done but it is truth. The rest is up to him.

- Jenny

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