Tattoos of Our Tribe: A Note to Friend Debbie

“We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. You cannot educate a man wholly out of the superstitious fears which were implanted in his imagination, no matter how utterly his reason may reject them.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
I’ve lived with Holmes’ words a long time, Deb. You know my theology: Mystery, Sovereign Grace (all we have is given freely by God) and Incarnation.
I believe Jesus is who he said he was—Creator God become human to teach us all we are capable of knowing about Deity. How come I believe that while others do not? We’re back to Holmes’ quote. That’s what I was taught! Can I prove the Incarnation? Course not. But if it works for me, I have good reason to believe it.
Paul wrote that Jesus loved the church (his bride) he gave himself up for her. Divine love is yielding self-interest for the needs of others. That’s the gospel I try to follow. If in the end I prove to be wrong, what have I lost? I’m enjoying life more at 93 than I ever have; though cash poor, I abound in the only wealth there is—a friend like you.
Old Grandpa Lloyd