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Saturday, July 19, 2008

preach on!

this post is going to sound rather liberal of me, which i am sure will make many (including my husband:) rather uncomfortable.

i was blog-hopping around and came across this blog. i have a hard time expressing my thoughts, so when i read someone else's words that are able to voice my opinion, i get really excited.

here is what he wrote:

"Christians have a fundamental calling, and that is to find our lost brothers and sisters. We will not conquer this world for Jesus, and frankly, he doesn't need our help. We will not stop gay marriage and institute a God-approved (the Republican version, of course) tax rate. We will not keep people from philandering, gambling, masturbating, and wearing clothes that fit too tight, and if you think Christ wants you to fix these problems, then you are dreadfully, soul-shakingly mistaken.

"Tend my lambs." Not "stop people from being naughty." No "get the government off the back of the small businessman." Not a hint of "protect gun rights and the death penalty."

And certainly not "keep out the immigrants."

To the contrary, we received the Great Commission, and don't tell me that was just for the Disciples, because to believe that is to be hopelessly misguided about your place on this earth. We are to be a light to the hopeless and lost, be it in our own families, neighborhoods, churches (yes, there are plenty of hopeless and lost people there), and businesses, or overseas, amidst the unwashed, non-Republican masses."

now, i am NOT trying to make some political statement. please, understad that. what really spoke to me was the reference to John 21:15-16 - "tend my lambs." i can totally get caught up in "fixing people." i get more worried and concerned over some one's actions, foul language, and other sins than i am compassionate toward their heart and spirit. many times i see people through my own legalistic lens than i do through the saving grace of Jesus. very, very sad.


Blogger lucy said...

i don't agree with a lot of what he says, but i do see the point, and haven't really thought about the "tend my lambs" vs. "try to fix/save ppl" parallel. that's certainly food for thought. on the other hand, keep immigrants out, protect our rights, lower taxes, and decrease the government's power by getting the Man off our backs. xoxoox

July 21, 2008 at 7:28 AM  

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