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We are beginning a new year, but the world around us is still dealing with the same things. COVID 19 numbers continue to rise and are hitting us closer to home. Many know someone who has had it or are dealing with it themselves. Politics are continuing to dominate our lives. It is concerning for me as a pastor because there seems to be so much hate in the world in which we live. Times like this cause me to wonder if we as Christians are making any difference in our communities.
Many of us are familiar with 1 Corinthians 13 in which we refer to as the love chapter. I do not know what the percentage is, but it has been heard at numerous weddings. However, it was not written for weddings, but the church. In 13:13 it says, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” At all times Christians are called to love God and to love others just as much as they love themselves. When I look at the world I see hate in many forms, but not love. We are constantly trying to prove we are right regardless of the cost to ourselves and others. The commandment to love God and others is not an option. It is how God wants us to live. In the book Yes, And….Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr on page 13 he talks about being literal and being serious. “Literalism is the lowest and least level of meaning in a spiritual text. Willful people use Scripture literally when it serves their purposes, and they use it figuratively when it gets in the way of their cultural biases. Willing people let the Scripture change them instead of using them to change others.” How many of us are guilty of reading scripture in a way to change others instead of ourselves? We think there is nothing wrong with us, but everyone else is to blame. Scripture says “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Others may not choose to love but we can and do so by allowing the Word of God to change us. Will you be changed today by the Word of God? Our world needs us to step up and be God’s people.
January 8, 2021
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