Pain Killers: Personal And Political


“… no sensible person believes that the killing of pain is getting rid of the trouble. No, you may kill the pain and silence the cry, but the trouble that is there may work itself out in your death. The killing of the pain does not mean that you heal the disorder.” (T. Austin Sparks)

What has been offered, through humanistic or so called scientific means, to individuals and to this world is as a mere pain killer, a temporary fix, most often politically and societally as well as personally. It is “… a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

This needy desperation and absence of any real or permanent answers invite us to reach higher than humanism – to ask, seek, and knock – for Divine and permanent wisdom, intervention, and resolve.

It begins with only one Way – the way of the powerful, transforming grace of God through Christ Jesus. It begins with one soul at a time, encountering the living Christ, which can transform us personally, from the inside out, as well as the outer world that results from human beings experiencing regeneration by the Holy Spirit. He invites us to know Him personally, in an intimate and abiding spiritual relationship of oneness with Him.

We may find ourselves in a position somewhat like Jesus’ disciple Thomas, who “… saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:5-7)

How about going right to the top for answers? “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

What stops us?

We live in a world where we can no longer afford to keep singing, “I did it my way.” We can see where that has taken us…


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