Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Read this facebook update this morning from a fifty-something guy... a great blue collar guy who loves Jesus... one grandchild and two on the way... had three of his kids in youth group back in the day... "not news we wanted or expected the tumer in my kidney has grown, the lympnodes in my chest are showing activety. he (doctor) is a little concerned as to how that is affecting the bone cancer. changed my chemo to the one released last monday but did not get it yet from the manufacturer. should be this week. now hoping the va will pay for it cause its so new and cost about 3-4 thousand a month." Brokenness abounds. Yet, brothers and sisters in Christ (myself included) are arguing about stupid stuff that we will never fully understand (i.e. how and why the atonement works). All the while we neglect the ministry of reconciliation. Brokenness abounds, and yet we throw rocks at one another claiming our particular beliefs on salvation are the only correct ones. I John 4:2 reads: "This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God." So, how do we dare add things to that simple list left for us by John, the one Jesus calls 'beloved'? Some argue that we need to hold to the penal substitutionary theory of atonement to be 'Christians.' If this is the case, what are the rest of the faithful called? Frankly, I know this: We are called to the ministry of reconciliation. My friend has cancer and is likely dieing. People are dieing around this world for lack of food and water and health care. Let's get real, and be faithful to the gospel. Perhaps we need to forget about being 'right' and instead be 'righteoues' by wrapping our arms around a world in need of God's goodness, grace, and love. For only these three things remain in the end: Faith, hope, and love.
Posted by Randy Buist at 9:30 AM