Random Thoughts

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The more that I read through the New Testament and focus on the words of Jesus, the more I am convinced that what some of us presume we are, as Christians, and what we actually are, are substantially different, in far too many cases. An awful lot of what Jesus criticized the Pharisees for, is just below the surface and on the surface, in many of us who call ourselves Christian. We read through the Old Testament and marvel how the Israelites messed up time and time again, yet in reality, we’re doing the very same thing. We don’t appear to be getting what we want through trusting and depending on God, and devoting our time and efforts to spreading the Good News of the Gospel, so we devise alternate political methods to obtain our righteous goals.

The nation of Israel was supposed to be different from all other nations. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m thinking that God’s Word in the New Testament tells us that Christians are supposed to conduct themselves differently from what normal humanity in the world does.

Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus told us to love our enemies and not to repay evil with evil. And yet we see the right attacking the left and the left attacking the right, again, one or both sides wearing the name of Christian. And of course, each side thinking that they are so much better than the other. Really. I don’t necessarily disagree with some of the goals of the Christian right but I sure as heck don’t agree with some of the tactics being used to obtain them. Do we honestly think that God closes His eyes to the unrighteous methods used to supposedly accomplish these righteous goals? Human alliances didn’t work for very long in the Old Testament and I don’t see them working here now.

Remember how Jesus instructed us to first remove the beam from our own eye before we attempted to remove the speck from our brother’s eye? Is that applicable today?

Loving our neighbor would include sharing with the poor and the alien; compassion, mercy and absolute honesty and justice in our relationships with others; impartiality; a refusal to be a party to gossip or slander; an absence of malice toward anyone and a refusal to bear a grudge; taking care never to put another’s life at risk and never taking private vengeance upon another. And you know there’s more. Do you recall Jesus saying  “… do to others as you would have them do to you.”?

We’ve all read where Jesus says. “You have heard it said ….. but I say unto you ….” . We’re not talking superficial truth here, we’re talking deep truth, core truth. Truth that Israel often missed and we’re doing the same thing.

This is a picture I saw on Twitter posted by a fellow Christian:

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The picture is in reference to the possible replacement of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should she die.

Have we lost all sense of common decency? How is something like this even considered as appropriate by one who wears the name of Christian? Has our pursuit for power and control so removed us from the way of God that we no longer remember that He is Holy?

Is loving your neighbor always easy, no it is not. Is loving your enemy easy, it’s even harder. If truth be told, it’s virtually impossible, if we rely on our own human strength. And yet, isn’t that the whole point?

What was the point of the Mosaic Law if not to bring Israel to the realization that they could not perfectly keep the Law and that they needed a Savior Redeemer Messiah. And what is our realization that brings us to the feet of Jesus, if not the very same thing. We’re all sinners and we all need Jesus. Simplistic, yes it is but that’s the Gospel. It changed the Roman Empire and it can change ours.

If I’ve offended anyone with my random thoughts, please accept my apology because that has not been my purpose or intent. My purpose is to get us all to stop and think just exactly what it is that we are doing and make a course correction if deemed necessary.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

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9 comments on “Random Thoughts
  1. bcparkison says:

    I get your point , but…some of the things going on today don’t need to be ignored. It is knowing how to deal with it that is the catch.

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    • Bruce says:

      I’m pretty sure that doing unto others as you would have them do unto you still comes into play. Discussing issues is one thing, disrespecting and demeaning others is another, which is what I think you’re aiming at. Thanks for commenting Beverly, always appreciated.

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  2. We forget that our salvation is because of Jesus. Period. Instead of praying, we protest, we boycott, we have created the image of the Angry Christian. A song comes to mind: “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” by Casting Crowns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY6VAy9y_iQ

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    • Bruce says:

      Hi Ann, I agree, I think sometimes we forget who we’re supposed to be focused on and the commission that He gave us. I just hate seeing the mud slinging. Thank you so much for keeping in touch, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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  3. velish23 says:

    I agree completely, Bruce! We are to set ourselves apart and as Paul cautioned us, we are not to be of this world even though we must live in it. While I don’t believe we are to completely ignore what affects our country, I do believe this partisan war we have going on will be the downfall of our country and us, if we are not careful. I am reminded of Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” In our attempts to express our viewpoints and take our sides, we are doing just that! The evil that is being spewed throughout social media by both sides and by those who call themselves Christian is so virulent, one has to wonder if there is anything in this world that could put it right? It is like the world has been filled with an evil spirit that is spreading at an alarming rate, much like a pandemic virus. In Mark 9, Jesus drove out the evil spirit that his disciples had been unable to drive out. When they asked why they were unable to do it, He replied in verse 29, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” Short of the return of Jesus, I truly believe that prayer is the only answer to all of this. It might sound trite because we don’t seem to take prayer seriously these days. Too often we think of prayer like a post on social media, i.e. put up my little-praying-hands-emoji and say something nice and quick and move on. What I am talking about is serious prayer, on your face prayer, a communal prayer that fills our churches and Bible studies and our hearts so that it becomes what I call breath prayer. It is up to each of us to make that happen. Thank you for calling us out on this. I say us, not them, because I am of the body and we are called to be one body of Christ. Blessings to you!

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    • Bruce says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, really nice to hear from you! And you’re right about our focus, nothing wrong in discussing issues and voting for what we want but the mud slinging serves no purpose other than to degrade others and also ourselves. Grace and blessings to you and yours!

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