Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Have We made Christianity too easy part III

This is the third installment of this series (Part I and Part II)

So what’s the answer?  There are 3 extremes, all dangerous.

1:  Hellfire and brimstone, unattainable expectations, saved by works, Judged by the great Cosmic Sheriff.
2:  “All you have to do is!”, no commitment, ONLY Grace, no consequences, Cosmic Teddy Bear
3:  Anything goes, all is God, God is all, if it feels good do it, New Age, Cosmic Oprah

Here are 2 verses to consider.  The first one is very important and (therefore...) 'doesn't preach well':

Revelation 3:15-22
15-17 “I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless.
18 “Here’s what I want you to do: Buy your gold from me, gold that’s been through the refiner’s fire. Then you’ll be rich. Buy your clothes from me, clothes designed in Heaven. You’ve gone around half-naked long enough. And buy medicine for your eyes from me so you can see, really see.
19 “The people I love, I call to account—prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!
20-21 “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!
22 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”

 The second is found in John and what it is ALL about:

John 13:31-35
31-32 When he had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God seen for who he is in him. The moment God is seen in him, God’s glory will be on display. In glorifying him, he himself is glorified—glory all around!
33 “Children, I am with you for only a short time longer. You are going to look high and low for me. But just as I told the Jews, I’m telling you: ‘Where I go, you are not able to come.’

34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

Love others how Christ loved us - love like the one who freely gave up his life when we didn't even know him, love like the one who saw me a sinner, knew I would always live a sinner, knew I would die still sinning and still not having it figured out, and he loved me enough to buy me anyway.
Love those who are hard to love.  The tough, the mean, the hateful, the annoying, the bitter, the cynical. 
Loving those people in that way is how we will be recognized.  Period.

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