Tuesday, December 14, 2010

a simple (or not so simple) question

those lyrics that say "break my heart for what breaks Yours?"
when i sing them, i mean them
and sometimes i feel like i get a glimpse of what breaks the Father's heart

this question started burning in my mind a few days ago
like, can't get it out of my head 
must get it out
sort of burning

so...here it is.

while you are busy hating the homosexual
fearing the Muslim
banishing the refugee
walking the other way from the homeless
refusing to serve the illegal

who exactly is being Christ to the above?

i'm pretty sure i've seen more Christ-love behavior
from each of those groups
than from many who bear His name
(don't get me wrong -- there are many who bear His name in the above groupings too)

perhaps evangelicals need to remember why they are CALLED evangelicals
and protestants need to stop protesting everything that doesn't fit into their box
and catholics need to worry less about what one council says and more about how One Person lived
and charismatics need bring some of that energy into serving the least of these

there's no perfect answer
and we're not perfect people
but the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart
and the second
to love your neighbor as yourself

and we can't choose our neighbors, folks
but sometimes i wonder
if they are chosen for us
by Divine intersection
how many of us speed through without even looking?

so there it is
it's a simple question

while we are so busy elsewhere
who is showing His love?



Erin said...

Quite possibly my new favorite post.

I love it. Seriously.

Thank you for writing it. I would love to link to it on my next post.

Keep loving...

Nicki said...

Wow. What a great post. Thank you for sharing these great thoughts!

Debbie said...

Oh yes. I think about this all the time. It is hard to see Jesus in some of those situations you described but he is still there. Waiting for me to respond correctly!