What if we acted as if Jesus had a clue?

May 2, 2010

in Shared walk

I don’t care if your pastor’s super-powered
And your program’s always new
What you need is love and truth
And men are going to come to you
It doesn’t matter that you know the Bible
If it’s all just in your head
The thing I need to ask you is
Have you done the things I said?

Do you love your wife?
For her and for your children
Are you layin’ down your life?
What about the others?
Are you livin’ as a servant to
Your sisters and your brothers?
Do you make the poor man beg you for a bone?
Do the widow and the orphan cry alone?

– Steeple Song By Don Francisco

What if we acted as if Jesus had a clue? What if we behaved as if what He taught was really true, and really important?  I mean ALL of what He taught, not just the parts we like, or the parts we can do without too much discomfort? What if we started by really loving our wife and our children? What if we then showed real, sacrificial love to the other followers of Jesus with whom we are in fellowship? What if we dealt with disagreements and “personality conflicts” by working through them, no matter what it took, rather than running away or chasing off those with whom we have problems? What if we got totally radical, did all those things first, and then turned our attention to the widows and orphans (or the single mothers and their children) and did more than just giving them a few dollars or a hug? What if we took pity on the poor?

If we did all those things, what do you think would happen? Do you think “the world” would take notice if a sizable percentage of Christians lived that way? Would that be so different that it would get people’s attention? Would the resulting changes in our marriages, our children, our churches and our communities cause some to say, “Whatever you have, I want it?” Might living this way, the way the early Christians lived, cause the same dramatic effect that we read about in the book of Acts?

~and~

A note to those of you who are not following Jesus. I am deeply sorry that you have not seen Christian’s who live like what I have described above. I wish you would not judge God by His followers; but I understand why you do. Please know that what you see falls far short of what Jesus commanded.



Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:

Drift: Stu, aka The Marry Blogger, talks about how our marriages can drift, and what we can do to get back on course.
When Sex is More Than Sex: This The Marry Blogger post is a continuation of a guest post entitled A Man’s Perspective: Sex Is More Than Sex that Stu did on Intimacy in Marriage. Good explanation of what sex is to a man.
Lose Your Job: Finally on The Marry Blogger, a great post about what can happen when you hear God.

How to Keep a Marriage Strong in the Face of Infertility: I’ve had close friends who dealt with infertility. This Life Gems 4 Marriage post addresses the issue well.
Is Your Cell Phone Impeding Your Relationship?: Also on Life Gems 4 Marriage, a suggestion that always on communication can harm a marriage.

Obstacles to Marriage Intimacy: Gina Parris’ Blog has an excellent guest post by Corey Allan, Ph.D of Simple Marriage.
The Power of Decisiveness: And a post by Gina Parris about the Gift of Decisiveness.

Sex in the “Post Skinny Jeans” Era: On intimacy in Marriage Julie talks to women about sex and body image.

What are your turn offs and turn ons?: Project Happily Ever After has a reader participation discussion of what turns people on and what turns them off. A lot of female readers here, so you can learn a few things.

5 comments
Fred
Fred

God loves us unconditionally, no matter our performance. Whether we do good or not. That being said, we are charged by Jesus to be salt and light. Our job is not to "change" people, that is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. Our lives should reflect the joy of the Lord and our actions should reflect that joy. It doesn't have to be forced. People are desperate for peace and only Jesus can give it to them and He works through people, who are His followers.

Hoping for better
Hoping for better

Yeah, I hear ya. Christians who don't act like Christians and bear no fruit are always annoying. Probably many aren't really Christians, but that is between them and God. Honestly, I don't see rants like these as being productive. They do more to discourage the faithful than to convict the unfaithful, as I see it. It is also unfair to use them as excuses to unbelievers. I see nothing in the Bible that removes personal responsibility for witnessing hypocrite behaviour. In all honesty, I see this as a huge excuse for their behaviour. Like I said, you'll see what you are looking for. I choose to look for the faithful and I mostly assume the rest aren't under the same authority, so I don't expect much.

hoping for better
hoping for better

I think if this happened, we'd be in Heaven. I guess we could pray for death or the rapture, but I'm satisfied to let them come when God sees fit. I'd call process mentioned "the struggle" and I think it's what we all experience to one extent to or another. I also think if we actually read all the Bible (not just Jesus's words, also the other one's he endorsed), we realize this utopia isn't going to happen. The poor will always be among us and we need enemies to love them. This is the stuff that life on earth entails and constitutes the endless struggle to make things as they ought to be. Perhaps we should keep perspective we aren't home yet and God won't be done until we get there. I do understand many fall way too short of our expectations but there are many that I do think God is pleased with. I prefer to focus on them. I pray the others will some day "get it" but it is likely they won't. Unbelievers will focus on who they want, and I have become sure that God only punishes those who are truly evil. In the end it's in his hands. He made the rules and he is the only one who can judge. By the way, if you ever find this perfect church with perfect people, please don't join. You will simply ruin it for all of us to look at.

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