This one is cool!
- prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
- a threat of divine punishment or vengeance
Obviously, we're not C of E. And of course, I found it in a British mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers. But she uses it in the second sense, very neatly in a paragraph about the tutors, students and exam week. Very cool.
On another note, I've decided that the internet has freed up people to feel their opinions are facts and therefore they are experts on everything. The proof of this is in many of the blogs I read yesterday. People are SO SURE that GW Bush lied...were they there? do they trust the same media they vilify to discover the 'truth'? Why do they see Congress as somehow more vested in truth? Does the record support that? I don't believe he did, but for the sake of argument, does that make everything he ever did while in office a wrong choice? People need to be careful where they go with this. If they will judge him by that standard, will they also hold liberal politicians to that standard? Or even themselves to that standard? I sure don't want to be judged by one mistake I make!
Unfortunately, scripture says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." That means ALL of us are condemned, for the 'smallest' lie or the biggest murder. In short, we who commit 'small' sins, like greed or sloth or gluttony, are just as deserving of punishment as is Adolph Hitler. Oof. Kinda gets you in the viscera, doesn't it?
Solution? Praise God for sending his son to be a substitution for us. Thank you Lord Jesus!