It appears I have now succumbed to the lowly state of stealing (really nothing new). Once again, the words of a nearby friend fingered to trigger a post…
The received gist of a recent comment by CC is to suggest that maybe we are spending precious time quivering over what color shoes to wear when there’s a fanciful dance going on next door. Hers is to question have we adorned ourselves with the suits of Pharisees while Jesus is calling us to wear His robe.
Take a gander at her words, then appropriate a position for yourself (it’s okay, the whole post is based on what I stole anyway… appropriate away).
Jesus proclaimed that The Kingdom of God was here. He told us to share that Good News. Gospel. The listeners should have done a happy dance. Joy would be a proper response.
What about these oppressive Romans?
Why aren’t your disciples participating in ritual washing?
How can you hang out with t.h.o.s.e. kind of people?
What can I DO to EARN eternal life?
Can you prove it?
Who is in charge?
What do you have to say about our very important questions of theology?
We so easily become engrossed with the details and the do’s and don’ts of the faith that we fail to remember that there is a masterful way introduced by Jesus to fulfill His every commandment;
love God and love your neighbor as yourself, for in these two things is summed the keeping of the law.
That really says a lot of God and His desires. It really brings into perspective why we do what we do and how we do it. It may even open our eyes to what’s really important if we stop to meditate on how simplistic Jesus made keeping the entire law.
I do not mean to make light of those difficult and dividing passages for they were and are very important in our understanding just who this God we draw near to is. Yet, I believe in each case where texts provide us with a differently grasped regulation, behind its original message is the call to love.
Why did Paul have to give those what seems ridiculous in our day head covering statements to the Corinthians (ch. 11)?
Honestly, I don’t know, and I don’t think anyone else today entirely does either. What we can know is that whatever these groups of believers were doing (or not doing), it was first and foremost going against the Great Commandment to love one another. Therefore, Paul laid down a means by which to draw them back to love.
I like the thought of dancing instead of quibbling. I also agree with CC that very few, if any, are going to come to Jesus through our disagreements, but many will be drawn to a dance. It has a certain ring of a wedding party now, doesn’t it?
Shall we dance?