Thursday, July 7, 2011

It's All About...

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



Have you ever noticed how some people think what they're doing is sooooooo much more important than what other people are doing?

That comes to mind whenever I look at a bulletin board and see someone has tacked what's important to them over what somebody else tacked up that's important to...

Staplers and duplicating machines also come to mind.

Isn't it miraculous how often the person to use either just before you had the exact amount of staples and paper for what they were doing?

Ah, let's salt!

Have you ever noticed how some people think their worship/witness/whatever styles are sooooooo much better than what other people are doing?

Have you ever noticed how some people really don't care what others, uh, "like" as long as what they, uh, "like" gets top billing?

Have you ever noticed how sooooooo many cults/sects/denominations like to celebrate their esoteric, ethnic, and socioeconomic distinctives?

I missed that part of Christianity.

It must be in Acts 29.


It's like the person who returns back to the church from a weekend renewal run by...

You know what I mean.

They come back with an "air" that seems to say, "You can never know Jesus like I know Jesus until you've been to..."

It's like people who've been to Israel: "Your faith will never really come alive until you've walked where Jesus walked."

Obviously, from what we hear, Paul got it wrong in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.


O.K., here's my point.

It's all about Jesus.

It's not about what I think or like or feel or want or...

It's all about Jesus.

It's not about drums or organs or guitars or...

It's all about Jesus.

It's not about Rick or Joel or Billy or Presbyterians or Baptists or Missouri Synoders or RCers or AGers or...

It's all about and now and forever.


When we arrive at those gates, He ain't gonna ask if we thought or liked or felt or wanted or...

He's gonna ask, "Do you love Me?"

Jesus never wept this way, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you shoulda been a Presbyterian or Baptist or Missouri Synoder or RCer or AGer or...Then you coulda and I woulda..."


It's all about Jesus: "Come to Me, all..."


Ah, we know that.


Then why do some who pretend to know Jesus but really can't as witnessed by their exclusions still fence the table, segregate by polity and fine points of theology that are often only coincidentally consistent with Biblical Christology, and so on; persisting in their damned distinctives at the expense of John 17?


I'm beginning to think such behaviors emanating from such beliefs are blasphemy against what the Holy Spirit has revealed about who He is and how those who get it/Him behave from such belief.

Truly, what good is your faith if all it does is cause you to hang out with people who are just like you?

Uh, Jesus said something about that; and if you don't know He did, it goes a long way in explaining the sectarian, segregating, schismatic, and, uh, let's just say it, sinful, uh, religions masquerading as Christianity.

That's why Francis often led his order in prayer, "Grant us in our misery [the grace] to do for You alone what we know You want us to do and always to desire what pleases You."

It's all about Jesus.

Anyone else and anything less just ain't Christianity - just a religion masquerading as Christianity without His saving dunamis.


So here's the deal.

If we love Jesus, we love His people...and hang out with 'em even when we're not completely into their...

If we don't, we don't.

It's that simple.

It's that...eternal.

Think about that previous sentence.


If we don't/can't/won't, well, uh, sigh, gulp, we must be born again and from above.

Of course, we don't have to practice what He preached/personified.

Hell, we've been doing that for...

How can we wonder why the world is so divided when people who say they love Jesus can't even...?


If we don't/can't/won't overcome ourselves for peace, unity, and purity through Jesus, we will continue to enable people to be twice as fit for hell as we are ourselves.

Ain't no posers in heaven.



Blessings and Love!

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