A study by Baylor Religion asked Americans how often they read the Bible on their own, then correlated that frequency with a number of political statements.
I’d dare say that reading the Bible should make us LITERAL.
There is a tendency for many American evangelicals to stand against the 2 “BIG ONES,” you know, those 2 major sins that we judge & yell about. Other sins in the Bible are quickly glossed over (particularly if they happen to be in our families :p ). What about greed, gossip, lust, jealousy? Have you ever witnessed any protests over any of these infractions? I certainly haven’t. We sadly, selfishly keep the wonderful love of God all to ourselves, and fail to live & give as He would. I dare say that if the Blood of Jesus was powerful enough for your sins, then it should be made available to others…you know, to those people. Yes, them. When we love, truly love, we will discontinue our petty disagreements, and find a way to embrace those around us.
You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. – Romans 2:3-4 (The Message)
Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (New American Standard)
Here’s the challenge: Most of us entered a house of worship today, and the majority of the people around us were safe and acceptable. They looked like us, were dressed appropriately, and accepted what we believe. We all nodded at similar points during the sermon, and considered ourselves to be great, model Christians when we left the building. Now that we are out of our safety zone of traditional church, let’s find someone who thinks differently. Let’s embrace someone other than the token missions poster child. Let’s love like He loves. Try it. We just might learn something about someone, and maybe, just maybe, we will see a radical transformation in our country. We can be the people who shine the Light that we claim lives within us, and the givers of Love to all that we meet.
It seems radical. It isn’t easy. But I believe that we can love because we have been loved. We can afford to give generously because we have so much. We can extend acceptance to others because we know how it feels to be rejected and alone.
Let someone know how much you love them with your actions.