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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Grace & Democracy

Updated on May 10, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Grace

Now this daughter of mine is grace filled.
Now this daughter of mine is grace filled. | Source

We say grace. We have a friend named Grace. We are here by grace. Our mom’s are the epitome of grace. And this article is probably not what you would call graceful. This word is a great notion. It is that notion that fills us with a love of life. The concept is more than just a word. And we are graced now in getting to talk about the idea of grace.

Democracy is a state of extraordinary grace. It is a privilege. It is a burden. It requires action and sacrifice. It is reborn through blood. In fact it requires battles between friends. It must exist in a constant tug of war. And yes it requires tolerance and acceptance of opposing views. That is grace and privilege?

We looked up the word grace in a standard dictionary and it did not have anything to do with God on the face page. That would be Oxford. Interesting. For me it struck me strange but on further contemplation it makes perfect sense. The secular conception fits the extraordinary. That is really quite cool and rare.

Happy Mother’s Day

We will get to this in more depth starting with shared catastrophe. In a moment. But first we pause to give a thanks from men to all the wonderful girls and ladies who have graced us with their love.

Oh my lady so beautiful in your special special hue

Bear with me as I know not what to do

A mother so sacred yes you are

Brighter than any nova star

I am not your beloved child

I am the one you tamed from wild

You as our child’s mother like no other

Changed me into a loving father

You are a special wife that is true indeed

But so much more is your motherly deed

You raise me up and let me soar

For you do it for my child you bore

So much trouble and trouble here and there

You soothe it all with the tiara that you wear

Not of golden riches that I proclaimed

But of hope not ever here to be named

Hey babe, happy mother’s day to you

Happy mother’s day to your wonderful hue

You make me happy in how you raise

Our beautiful child for no matter what life plays

You crazy fools out the who are not in love

Change it around do not fly off with another dove

She gave freely to you that wonderful baby

Not showing your love would just be crazy

Now make no mistake the author of the above is crazy. But wowza bowza my wife must be crazy too, to put up with this father of her child. Or is that child of her child?

Yep

Reflections

Which way is up?
Which way is up? | Source

Your Choices

Now back to grace and democracy. I figure that there are folks. Some that tear down, some that stand up and some that think it is fine. Others build up. Others weep. I spent 3 hours researching, not much time, but I found that those is social media that attack and tear down do not consequently build up. They just tear down. Demolition? I figure that some folks are just made to destroy and not build up. I guess if something burned down most the way I would hire the folks to tear the rest down. But I would not hire them to build it back up. A modern day American soldier knows more about building it up than shooting it up. That wins, just attacking gains nothing.

Those folk do not live in grace. They just do not. You cannot live in hate and grace. People who just attack and do not build are simply and fully out of grace. If you have hate in your heart for even the worst of the worst, sorry but you have no grace.

Good people say that grace is fully given without cost. That is true. As it cost not one iota not to hate, the cost is in hating. If I were to say that I hate the king but only tear down the kingdom, what have I gained? And particularly what has my enemy of my neighbor gained.

Freedom in the form of democracy comes from your mother. She will teach you to adore adversaries and still fight with every ounce of your body and mind. But she will teach you how to behave properly. She will teach you grace under fire. Or is that fire under grace? She will teach love. Love is not always easy but it is never degrading.

I see a lot of hateful and too little loving. For some reason today it is just fine to hate. Jesus did not hate Pilot, how could I possibly hate my adversary?

There is no way that grace allows for hate of one and love of another. If you have hate, while not the opposite of love, you cannot have love. You are the vessel and your hate tells us that you have no room for the love that is grace. Those who hate have no grace. See if you hate.

Sketch by Brooks Dierker

Sadness under hate.
Sadness under hate. | Source

Its Alright

It Is Up To You

Life is not always mystical. Sometimes it is downright smack you in for face real. If you hate your governor then you cannot love your wife and mother. You do not get to do that by grace. Grace is freely given and it requires the sacrifice of free will, and the ordinance of love. I am amazed but not yet in hate of those who hate. What a General today and a president politician tomorrow and why not the neighbors who are loud on Thursday? Piss on those who disagree with you and then take a sacrament? Have people gone mad? “I can have hate for him but I love her so that is OK”. Not happening. Take the chill pill. Love your enemy and back the hell off.

If you are cognizant enough to spew hate, then you are cognizant enough to know you cannot spew love from your same body. People who spew hate are first on any one elses reasonable prayer list. Hindu, Shinto, Buddhist or Christian you do not by grace get to hate here and love there.

Your Choice

Grace you were freely given yet some of you deny to its face. You hate. What is the matter with you? So many say “Christian” and then write – “kill the Governors”. Incredible to spit on and in grace like that. You do not get to choose who to hate. Who made you God? Oh this side and that side make democracy but any sentient person sees that democracy is not born of hate. He did that and she did this and so we hate them. Really? He wears red and she wears blue so I hate blue and love red?

Fire and Brimstone

Please note the above is written in anger not hate. And I cannot pass judgment and condemn the hate. Please see the difference. You say, “What a hypocrite! He hates hate.” Let me review what was written. If you see hate there perhaps that is the lens upon which you see life. I submit that hate takes away freewill just as love does. If I am filled with love I can no longer choose to hate. Democracy is a right to free will. If I am filled with hate I am no longer free to choose love. Of course you can hate peas and love honey. Hopefully you see the difference in the degree.


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      KC McGee 

      6 weeks ago from Where I belong

      Hello Eric. It's been a long time since my last comment on any of you articals. You may remember me as Graceinus. We've shared a LOT of comments in the past. I'm back and this time I will be far more tame than I had in the past. I look forward to reading more of your articals and will enjoy writing a few of my own. I enjoyed this one. And hope to read many more.

      Many blessing you and your family

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I am glad to hear that things are looking up in your area. I went and looked you up on FB and I just love all your pictures.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora it is an interesting place of contemplation. Perhaps I did not go into gratitude enough.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric another well deserved hub and so interesting from your side of life.

      In Croatia looking up on things here so far all good and hope for the best thank you for this hub

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada you are not simply a person you are a movement of love. I do reckon the first of these was early 2013. Friendship with you is a blessing to my children as I pass it on.

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      Dora Weithers 

      8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Interesting insights on grace. Beautiful tribute to your child's mother, and to all mothers. Definitely multi-talented!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your concern, Eric. We are doing well, by God’s grace. The lockdown is continuing, and we are hoping and praying for things to be normal soon.

      Thank you for the friendship, I do cherish it. You have always been supportive of my work. To be precise, it’s more than 7 years of friendship. I have recently completed 8 years at HubPages.

      Thank you so much. Take care.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada hope things are doing better in India. I understand our information from there is too limited. Well I pray for your home. How long has it been 5 years as friends. I cherish that.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Patricia it is good to hear from you. Sometimes I falter and make room for the bad, but normally I catch it quickly.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      8 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful and thoughtful Sermon. As always, I enjoyed going through it.

      I love the way you explain and compare, two of the most strongest human emotions—love and hate. And no prizes for guessing, which one always wins.

      Thank you for sharing. Take care.

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      Patricia Scott 

      8 weeks ago from North Central Florida

      Well said, Eric. "If I am filled with love I can no longer choose to hate" resonates within me. You have taken a complex issue ( to me) and made sense of it. Angels ate headed your way this morning

      ps

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish that is such a good comment. One time for one week I challenged myself to consciously pray as often as I could. A week turned into a month and.... I began to actually act like I was doing it 200 times a day. Little choices do make us.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Doris. I truly believe that in our home Christ rules. Sometimes it gets aggravating that every time one of us goes a bit off the rails someone reminds them that Jesus's love is not to be abused. Our whole household is a miracle in faith.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mrs. Carb Diva Gabe really does not like the sound of it. I will once again use trickery and I am sure he is going to like it. Thanks for the video.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      8 weeks ago from USA

      Every day we make 1000 choices in how to approach small things and that makes up our larger character.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      8 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Eric, I believe there is no room for hate in a person who lives from his (or her) soul. Therefore, a true follower of Christ loses the ability to hate. I think that's what our Lord was trying to teach us. Those who hate are still working from a lower plain. There is a difference between anger and true hate.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, check your gmail for a link from Carb Diva. And stay tuned, that "Exploring Pickles" article is soaring to the top of the list.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda my biggest brother 6'7" told me to hate the hater and not the hate. Yes he is moderately famous and can say such things with a wink. He can also out wrestle you with a hand and leg tied behind his back. Crazy guy thinks love, earth and adventure are the Holy Trinity. Brian is his name.

      My point is that you are love and famous to me. If you told me to hate something -- I don't think I would even question, but rather just do it.

      Now off to pickle --- which reminds me I need a prickly pear fruit recipe for marmalade.

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      Linda Lum 

      8 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, there is no room for hate. It never hurts the hated one--it only consumes the hater, like a cancer. Thank you for a lovely and loving message on this day.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lorna I was cogitating on the notion of more love going out today than usual. I somewhat determined that there is not. Possibly we just notice it more. Especially the "news".

      We donate to our little church ladies that do all kinds of charitable stuff and to St. Judes. Both have just kept on taking care of the least of these. But people have noticed it more.

      But bottom line is still, we are doing more loving out there in the world. That is cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Olusegun it is always good to hear from you. I will come by in a bit.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      8 weeks ago

      I think you explored these two strong emotions really well Eric. Hate is such a destructive emotion which can blind us to the truth. However, It is love that makes the world go around, and I have seen so many examples of love recently. An enjoyable and interesting read Eric.

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      OLUSEGUN 

      8 weeks ago from NIGERIA

      Happy Mother's Day indeed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I am with you. definitely more love than hate out there. Somehow people forget and anger turns to hate. I have got to go act in love, I am feeling a bit peckish.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I am convinced of two things. Love is everywhere and some people choose to shut it out with hate.

      Fear through ignorance and hate seem to go hand in hand. I have never met a smart person who did not become stupid when they hated.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela you say it straight up for good people and even not so good. Do good and feel good. Simple equation.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Demas. Yes I go with the meaning of a proclamation of moral concepts rather than preaching. But this one is real close to preaching.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill H.O.W. has a lot of ground to make up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      We have a lot on our plate, but hating doesn't empty the plate, it only makes it heavier. People say that there is a lot of hate in the world, and I guess there is, but there's also a lot of love. this pandemic proves that. There's a lot of acts done by people who hate, I hate the act. I also feel that the person who did the evil act needs love, he's probably never had anyone to ever love him before.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Living in grace...grace freely given...there is so much to think about in this sermon. Yes, our mothers taught us this. but if hate is prevalent in society today, what happened?

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I really like your Sunday sermon today. Hate is such a negative emotion and love feels so mush better. I think you summed up these emotions very well, Eric.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      8 weeks ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Minor correction: "You crazy fools out the who are not in love"

      I always enjoy your "sermons", whatever the Latin stem.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully stated, my friend. I have nothing to add to this, no snarky comment....just a salute to the truth.

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