Grant Swank
It's OK: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston to marry
By Grant Swank
July 14, 2010

The couple is back and they are announcing.

They will be husband and wife.

That does not surprise me.

Bristol believes in the power of forgiving love. Her parents inform media they believe in redemption.

Put forgiveness and redemption as one and you have a new life in God. That makes possible the impossible in human terms.

As a pastor, I have witnessed this kind of miracle countless times for half a century. God is God. A repented soul can find divine mercy so as to have God change circumstances and people. Old things pass away. Behold, all things become new.

This is the gospel message from the New Testament times throughout Earth's spinning span.

If more individuals realized this hope, there would be more souls salvaged. If there were less hate and more forgiving love, this world would indeed be a more pleasant place to inhabit.

Time and again the gospel's redemptive tidings need to be pronounced from pulpits and throughout Christian homes. Too quickly we mortals are ready to undercut and behead. That's not what Christ proclaims. Christ spent his short ministry stay in offering the change-about. It was to be from sin to holiness, from despair to faith.

Those who followed Christ in His day discovered the power of God to be personal. It has been the same refrain in millions of lives throughout the Church Age.

Now Bristol and Levin reunite. Of course there are issues to care for. But that's life's complication. And so we pray that this twosome can deal with their difficulties in the power of prayer, Scripture's counsel and the Holy Spirit's wisdom.

© Grant Swank


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