When?

My family of believers…those who say that Christ is our King…those who have accepted the challenge to be different and to live different from the rest of the world…those who have made the decision to be counter-cultural…..

I ask you, when?

When will we stand together and actually love others despite the faltering nature of their humanity? When will we actually speak truth to others in love. When will our actions mirror our speech? When will we realize that we are actually the minority; however, what we do and how we treat others can change the majority, but that won’t happen with crassness, force, anger, judgement or hell-casting? It also won’t happen with boycotts or rallying against everything that supports something that goes against God.

Creating an isolated world that only supports things that are Christian will only result in a vacuum, a new social class that is exclusive. I don’t believe that Jesus died for that. He didn’t die for us to create a clique of peers that live in an imaginary safe bubble. He died in the trenches and asked us to take up our cross and follow him.

I think many of us are quite comfortable living, breathing, socializing, and supporting those within out own buildings, denominations, communities, families…the harsh and sinful outside world is much too much and dark for us…. no go toward the light, right?

But what about what Jesus did and and what he said? What about what he taught his disciples that were with him during his ministry? What about the wisdom they passed on to us that was inspired by God?

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

– Colossians 4:4-6

Many of us are walking a slippery slope toward the life of a Pharisee. That’s exactly the type of mentality that Jesus came to abolish. Remember when he overturned the merchants in the temple? These were the priest and “godly” people who were supposed to be helping the people, not the people out worshiping baal and other idols. I also don’t remember Jesus calling everyone to boycott and abandon the systems created in society at the time (take taxes for instance) because the people running those institutions were non-believers and sinful. Nope, we are called to live in the world, but not be of the world. Which means, we are called to live in, participate in, and help others in this world but not allow what’s in the world to permeate how we act or speak.

Bank at Wells Fargo for goodness sake and be the best example of Christ to every employee and customer because it’s God who saves, not our own actions. If we decide not to do business with those who are sinful or promote ways of life that we do not believe honors God, then we are missing opportunities for ministry through our actions and how we treat others. Also if we are going to boycott one, then boycott all. We would have to be living in the woods totally off the grid in Alaska somewhere if our avoidance of sinful places is going to work so to speak.

So… when brothers and sisters are we actually going to love others like Jesus loved others? When are we going to change the game by doing something people totally don’t expect?

Love is not about ignoring or accepting wrong. It’s about correction with truth and compassion. Remember when Jesus said those who are without sin cast the first stone and everyone had to drop their stones and walk away… well, there you have it. We are sinful too. It may look different, but it’s still sin.

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