Gandhi has the truth of it. The Christ portrayed in the Gospels is full of love and grace. He is compassion and mercy incarnate.
There is little, if any, commonality with the sometimes rabid evangelicals claiming to follow Him and speak in His name. Ugly Evangelicals is a generalization, yet it has become far too accurate in describing so many who profess to be disciples of Jesus.
It is sad when Christians give Christ a bad name. But, isn’t that where we have now arrived?
Not the Ten Commandments, for sure, but this is still a nice concise primer on a subject with which the the church continues to struggle. Perfect love casts out fear. The church’s fear of homosexuality is a perfect illustration of this. We all need more love and less fear.
When the church has been stolen by the religious right it is no longer the place of love that Jesus created. If you feel stolen is too strong a word, I will settle for co-opted.
Many who Jesus died for, and loves the most, are being mocked, excluded, vilified, and intentionally made to feel unwanted and unwelcome. This has to break God’s heart.
When the least of these are not welcome, Jesus is being excluded as well. When we close our doors to them, we close our door to God.
The gulf between the poor (the marginalized, the hungry, the stranger, the immigrant, those who are different than us in any way) and us is actually the gulf between us and God. It’s time to help Jesus get His church back. It’s supposed to be a place of love and acceptance, not a place of hate.
Love is not just an euphoric high of emotions. Love is an intentional lifestyle that is lived out in every decision and in every moment. It is humbly attempting to model ones life in a manner that reflects the love, mercy and grace we have all been given. Love is just the recognition that our entire lives should be a unending thank you for the grace we have received without cost and without measure.
Easter Sunday prayer
How amazing is your love, A love that overcomes, endures and redeems.
How astounding is your life, A life that sustains, heals and creates.
How awesome is your hope ,A hope that promises, restores and inspires.
How absorbing is your truth, A truth that releases, changes and rebuilds.
How we worship you, as we remember the moment when your love conquered.
When out of the cave of sorrow Jesus arose to release forgiveness to the world.
And each time we encounter this resurrection day we are again lifted to an eternal place.
Our sin, brokenness and darkness fall away and your light and peace flood our lives.
How we thank you for this incredible celebration we call Easter.