One of the messages scrolling across the digital signboard of Forest Road United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia proclaims:
“Your life is the only Bible some people will ever read.”
Hopefully, the message those people read is one of faithfulness and love, where the grace and compassion of Christ is freely given and available to all.
That the BLOTUS has not attacked the church is truly an indictment on the lack of faithfulness we have demonstrated. Anyone, and everyone, who has confronted him over his racism, his bullying, his lying, his treatment of women, or any other serious issue, has been mocked, vilified, or verbally attacked.
BLOTUS goes after his critics. Lapdogs, however, just get fed treats.
This is Advent, the season of preparation. The shops are full of gifts that we might give or receive. Streets are decorated and choirs begin the rounds of community centres and retirement homes with their seasonal offerings of carols. As we prepare, we remember another, John the Baptist, who came to prepare the Jewish people for the arrival of Jesus. John, who would prepare a way through a call to repentance, so that hearts and souls would be ready to receive the One who was to come.
Father God, prepare our hearts not only for the celebration to come, but also for sharing that Good News with friends, family and work colleagues should opportunity arise. Grant us courage and a real willingness to talk about the love that came down to earth and walked among us. Amen(Read more at: http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Advent)
The Apostle Paul provides us with a clear and concise reminder of how we are to live as followers of Jesus Christ. These are traits that reflect God’s love, and they demonstrate a serious attempt to model our lives like our master and teacher.
If these traits are not evident in a person’s lifestyle it might be a sign of a shallow spirituality, or that there is no real depth to their discipleship. We demonstrate our faithfulness by the way we live, not by what we say.
Billy Graham nailed it 35 years ago. The hard right has co-oped fundamental Christians as an arm of their political party. They have taken the fear that is there and used it to sell their brand of bigotry and racism to those who have a difficult time thinking for themselves.
This was written over 80 years ago. It was true then. It is true now. The only difference is that now it is here.
I am always amazed that we cannot tell the difference between patriotism and faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are not the same, and in fact, are polar opposite one another.
If there is such an animal as a just war, then going to war against the unnecessary evil of hunger would qualify. Allowing even one child to go to bed hungry is sinful. Business as usual when 13,000,000 kids go hungry in the richest, most blessed country in the history of the planet is just obscene. There’s nothing moral in that, and there’s certainly nothing Christian about it either.