Re:Verse reading–Mark 2:1-12 (day three)
“So that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…” Science vs. faith. Secular vs. sacred. Earth vs. heaven. Western society has done quite a thorough job of sequestering religious conviction—confining it to the sphere of the unknowable, or, if you will, the imaginary. Believers have gone along with this project, happy to cordon off heavenly-minded things from perceived hostile forces. But where did we learn this? Certainly not from our Lord, whose sovereignty holds sway over both the spiritual and the material realms—over soul and body, faith and knowledge, revelation and research lab, the hereafter and the U.S. government. Your behavior at work, the problems in your family, the deepest needs you know—Christ has authority over it all. Do you live as if that is true?