Blue Parakeets at the Sock Hop

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…

snoopyThe 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.
Instead…
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?

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Blue Parakeets at the Sock Hop

  1. ccragamuffin says:

    LOVE the Snoopy cartoon!!!
    Be assured dear friend(s)… I am not in any way, shape, or form embracing sloppy thinking. Turning off the brain is usually symptomatic of a cult. I love ideas. I love talking about them, writing about them, comparing them, organizing them, playing with them, rhyming them, making puns with them, and bouncing them between friends on blogs. But I must bring every thought into captivity to the greater Love. That doesn’t always happen quickly.

    We are to exalt the Lord by loving Him with ALL our heart, ALL our soul, ALL our strength, ALL our mind. My mind must also serve love.

    How does love work in these difficult areas that you have blogged about? I have pondered that and believe an answer of sorts is found in an analogy. The analogy of parenting.

    My love for my children is constant. I loved them from the moment I knew they were being knit together. I love them still. I will love them into eternity. But how I express that love has changed over time. This is not a perfect illustration because I have matured in my ability to love, whereas The Lord is always perfect love. But…even if I was able to perfectly love from the very beginning…how that was expressed would have changed as my children matured. The fences that protected them at one point would be hindrances to their life of ministry at another point.

    Although I wrestle with what certain passages in the Word mean, I have complete trust that the Bible is the Word of God. I have complete confidence in the God of the Word. I do not trust us and our love-listening to the Spirit of God as He teaches us what He means. It was not too long ago that the Bible was used to “prove” that slavery was the will of God. End time beliefs also swing back and forth, and in all kinds of directions. At one time premillennialism was considered heresy…now many embrace it as “proved”. Atonement. Justification. Hell. There are many opportunities to ask questions.

    When the lawyer brought his questions to the Jesus, it was turned back to him with “what does the Word of God say?”. The lawyer replied, “Love God. Love your neighbor.” Jesus said, “You have answered orthos (straightly without deviation)”

    Love my God.
    Love my neighbor.
    I want to dance this orthos way.

    May we each hear the Lord Of The Dance as He calls us to His party.
    Blessings,
    cc

    p.s. For your dancing…http://youtu.be/1fzRZuGEr04

    • mtsweat says:

      Thanks for the link! Wesley once said, “The great question of all then still remains. Is the love of God shed abroad in your heart? Can you cry out, ‘My God, and my all’? Do you desire nothing but Him? Are you happy in God? Is He your glory, your delight, your crown of rejoicing? And is this commandment written in your heart, ‘That he who loveth God love his brother also’? Do you then love your neighbor as yourself? Do you love every man, even your enemies, even the enemies of God, as your own soul? as Christ loved you?”

      If our love is found to be “orthos,” I think as you have declared and Wesley agrees, most of these things we divide over will become topics of profitable conversation, to which I also love to engage in. Maybe the volume can be lowered a little so we can talk while we dance?

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