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The Gore-Tex of Righteousness Isaiah 61:10-62:3

The Gore-Tex of Righteousness

God gives us righteousness to protect us from himself.

AT A GLANCE:

Faith would be easier if it just spoke words of comfort or encouragement. Instead, it confronts us with the choice to accept Christ or not. God offers us the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness, but lets us decide whether to put them on.

 

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Jesus of the Gaps,” December 28, 2014.

 

Gore-Tex is a modern fabric with remarkable qualities. It sheds water and keeps wearers of Gore-Tex clothing from getting soaked by rain, but it also permits water vapor and heat to be expelled through it and thus keeps wearers from getting soaked by sweat.

The textile’s ability to keep liquid water out but let water vapor through has to do with its porous nature and the size of those pores. A technician at Gore’s lab explains it this way: “If a water vapor molecule is the size of a soccer ball, the pores are the size of a soccer stadium, and a raindrop is the ...

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