What I Read Today;
Romans 15; Matthew 15; Ezekiel 1; Psalm 136; 2 Samuel 1
Romans 15:1-6 says this, “We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor. For Christ did not please Himself; but, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” NRSV
Much has been made about what life will look like after the Pandemic ends. Many people claim that things will never be the same. My guess is that it won’t take long for people to move on and forget this time. That’s what happened after 9/11. We remembered for a few years with massive celebrations. Today, those remembrances are becoming smaller.
I do think some changes should happen.
For decades our churches have lived within the walls of our buildings. I hope that we have learned that the church is more than a building.
For centuries we’ve had this idea that it was the Pastor’s job to take care of the spiritual needs of a community. I hope we’re learning that we play an essential role in our own spiritual growth and the growth of those around us.
I hope that we can re-focus on what truly matters. I hope that maybe we can put down our theological statements and doctrinal debates and focus on Jesus. I hope that perhaps we can view each other as children of God who need to hear the message of hope in Jesus Christ!
This virus has affected black and white, Hispanic and Asian, Men and Women, Gay and straight, Republican and Democrat, and young and old. Perhaps we can come out of this viewing each other a little differently. Maybe we can realize that we don’t have to eviscerate each other when we don’t agree with each other. Could we maybe understand that if we disagree on something that doesn’t make us evil?
I hope that we’re coming to the realization that the decision to behave that way isn’t up to the church. In fact, Christ calls us to live our lives in just such a way!
Now it’s up to you and me, to live as Jesus calls us to!