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Jesus and Political Protest?

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There’s an old song that starts off: ‘This world is not my home, I’m just a’ passin’ through.’ The lyrics capture the belief of many Christians that our mission is to forget about this world and focus exclusively on getting people saved from hellfire. This is why large segments of Christianity look away from ‘dirty’ politics, or don’t get involved with impacting their culture. Thinking that they are not responsible for anything beyond soul-saving, they just don’t bother with art, science, education, or even charities that don’t pitch Jesus.

Indeed, Christ’s Kingdom is not OF this world, but it certainly is FOR this world. That’s why Martin Luther said that if he knew Jesus was returning tomorrow, he’d still plant an apple tree today. Why?

Because Jesus came TO the earth AS A HUMAN…as one of us. His Incarnation–his coming TO the earth– means that the things of the earth matter to God. Because Jesus was human, humans are worth caring about. Life here and now is sacred, and its quality is a responsibility that we bear as ambassadors of God’s Love. We are told to ‘occupy’–We are to love our neighbor, to ‘set the prisoners free,’ to ‘give sight to the blind,’ to feed the hungry, to defend the environment, to share with those in need, to protect the weak, to challenge the strong, to give a cup of water to the thirsty…and to speak out against corrupt, oppressive political systems  because ‘God so loved the world…’

The picture attached is of a Ukrainian pastor and his people in prayer while protesting the corruption and oppression of their government. It is exactly this kind of peaceful, sacrificial commitment to their neighbors’ welfare that should inspire the Church, everywhere.

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A Blog that’s WAY better than mine…

A wise OLD, crotchety, scary-looking friend of mine has an amazing, grace-based blog that I really hope you’ll subscribe to. The link is here…I promise you will be very glad you checked him out.       http://dumbsheepdave.com/

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11/22/2013 · 1:05 pm

Becoming the Son; an Autobiography of Jesus

Well, we’re still celebrating the upcoming release of the Jesus novel throughout Russia and Ukraine. Thanks to the vision and inspiring commitment of Taras Boyko…founder of Knigonosha Ltd publishing in Ukraine…his company will release the book in Russian language as part of a joint effort with Russian giant, Eksmo Publishing. The English version remains available on Amazon.com, of course. For those not yet familiar with the novel, please have a look at the short trailer, above.

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11/11/2013 · 3:38 pm

Things You Find in a Men’s Room

preacherI picked up a tract in a North Carolina men’s room. It said, “If you have ever sinned, then God sees you as a liar, a blasphemer a drunkard…You owe him your soul because you have not lived correctly. The payment is Hell and payday is not far away…you must truly repent or spend eternity in Hell.”

I’m guessing someone thought they were helping spread the ‘Good News.’

Ironic.

Where do I begin? “IF you have sinned?” Who hasn’t?

“THEN God sees you…?” Doesn’t he always see me?

“THEREFORE you owe him your soul?” Doesn’t He always keep my soul?

And what doe ‘truly’ repenting look like?

Then there’s the whole unbiblical, eternal conscious torment thing.

Well, beyond all the discomforting particulars, it occurred to me that communication is more than (bad) information…it’s also spirit. Where was the love? Where was grace? Where was Jesus?

Actually, I COULDN’T imagine Jesus handing such a thing to the woman at the well, so I stuffed it in my pocket, read it a few times in disbelief, then crumpled it up and tossed it away.

Of course, I’m not so sure that my spirit in the crumpling was all that it should have been, either.

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