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Hazel Dickens Passed Away Yesterday, April 23, 2011

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When I read in the NY Times Obituary that somebody died, I usually listen to their most famous songs, if they happen to be singers. So I listened to some of Hazel Dickens songs and one of them “Don’t Put her Down, You Helped Put her There” has quite poignant lyrics. In his Galatians Commentary Luther said that faith as the power of God creates God in us, not God per se, but in us.[1] Perhaps I could also say, among us; so horizontally in the power of false faith we create each other: the lust of men creates the prostitute, as Hazel’s words clearly indicate. The wealthy create the stunted poor, the poor create the glamorous rich. Powerful forces of false faith make us shape each other. When will divine faith in the Holy Spirit shape us into Christs for one another? When will we learn the service that’s made out of love? That’s when we’ll get a preview of the coming attractions of the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

Click on this URL for her lyrics: 

http://www.rhapsody.com/hazel-dickens/hazel-alice/dont-put-her-down-you-helped-put-her-there/lyrics.html

[1] Luther’s famous formula “fides creatrix divinitatis,” which is to be understood: faith creates the Divinity, of course “not in [God’s] person, but in us.” [2] – not per se, but in us. We make God to be God, in that we give God the honor God is due.[3]

[2] WA 40 I: 360.5f (about Galatians 3:6: the 1531 lectures) or LW 26: 227.

[3] Oswald Bayer, Martin Luther’s Theology, (Tuebingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 2003), page 159, (my translation).

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April 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

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