Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bigger Picture Moments: The Sacred Ground

Gay marriage and circumcision and GMO foods and gun control.

All of these issues have been exploding all around me via social media and news and in-person conversation this week.

And I've been very quiet in the actual conversations mostly because I've been wrestling on the inside, crying out to God, asking him how to respond thoughtfully and lovingly to these ongoing debates as someone who proclaims to love Jesus, as someone who really loves people.

John and I have long dialogued about these issues and these types of issues and we're often on different pages or even chapters regarding the actual issues. And we still share an intimate life together, abiding in family and love under the same roof and even the same blankets.

With our different perspectives and experiences and thoughts, we often have to meet on the sacred ground of Jesus while abiding in the living Word He's given us.

And remember how He loved. How He interacted with sinners like us.

How He lived in the world but was not of the world. How He left us with His Spirit and His truth-filled Word.

Wednesday morning, a night after a long discussion ensued, I felt myself needing to just soak and saturate in the Word.

I read through 1 Corinthians and was struck by this one especially during this Holy Week.

 "I do want to point out, friends, that time is of the essence. There is not time to waste, so don't complicate your lives unnecessarily. Keep it simple -- in marriage, grief, joy, whatever. Even in ordinary things -- your daily routines of shopping and so on. Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out." {The Message, 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31}

Simply, life is about a reconciliation of our hearts to our Creator, and during this Holy Week especially, I think my own mind and heart need to take a step back from the issues of this world

and focus on the Savior of this world.


4 comments:

  1. I concur! I have ideals, morals, and values that I hold firm all the while understanding that my ideals, morals and values aren't the same as my brother and sisters. However in the eyes of God we are all family and truly what matters most is my relationship with Him and how I treat others with respect. Even if views differ. And that is ok! It is okay to have different views. I welcome it. :)

    Alita

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  2. So beautifully put, friend. I restrained from adding my voice to the "drama" this week, because of your words right here: " I think my own mind and heart need to take a step back from the issues of this world and focus on the Savior of this world." Sometimes, He calls me to stand up and bear witness for Him, but sometimes my silence is testimony enough. Because, in the end, what really matters are the things of heaven, NOT of this earth.

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  3. The power of the word to slice through it all and help us to find the silence. That meditative, prayerful silence. This is lovely.

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  4. I saw a quote by Rick Warren yesterday (I wish I could find it) that said something along the lines of how we don't have to agree with people's life choices in order to love them. And loving people doesn't require agreeing with them all the time either. It's not easy to meet difference, I think, because it often feels like a repudiation of who WE are. But it doesn't have to be that way. Rev. Desmond Tutu once said something I've remembered ever since I heard it, and that is that differences are not meant to alienate or separate. We need each other precisely because of our differences. I think that having diversity is what gives our world balance, and pushes us towards progress and greater humanity - when we can hear the voices with whom we sometimes disagree. They make us consider things in ways we might not have before. It may not change our minds, but hopefully, it does help lead to greater understanding, so long as our hearts and minds are open.

    We don't have to agree to be loving. We just have to be open.

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There's nothing better than good conversation ... but not while talking to myself. Will you play a part in this discussion?

AND will you pretty please have your email linked to your account or leave it for me so I can respond?

Thanks for taking the time to make these thoughts into conversation.

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