Thought for the week: point to ponder

Measuring up with the plumb line

When God said he was setting a plumb line among his people, he was making a very clear statement about right and wrong, truth and lies, good and corruption. The image of the plumb line shows God’s moral law as the plumb line against which we determine right and wrong.  Just as a carpenter’s plumb line is not subject to the opinions or the frustration of the worker, so God’s moral standards are not subject to the opinions of man. Wise people are those who line up their lives according to God’s plumb line rather than trying to move it to satisfy their own agendas.

In a political and media world that regularly speaks of ‘fake news’, we have come to expect half-truths and misleading reporting, so, thinking about the reading from Amos today, how do we determine what is ‘plumb?’ What is true?

Who is telling the truth and if we find that person, is it even possible to follow them or is the truth something that is unattainable anymore? Can we live our lives righteously? Or will there always be areas of our lives that aren’t plumb because plumb is not possible in human life?

The_Plumb_Line_and_the_City_-_Coventry_CathedralThe picture entitled ‘The Plumb Line and the City’ is a picture of a sculpture by Clark Fitzgerald, now in Coventry Cathedral, depicting a city with the plumb line of judgement hanging above it.  The image is challenging – this could be any city, this could be our city.  How true do we stand alongside God’s plumb line?   Food for prayerful thought for any of us, I think.