He is risen

April 8, 2012

in Links to good stuff, None of the Above

© Paul H. Byerly

If you are a follower of Jesus, you understand why today is so important. You understand your weakness and inability, and you know you needed Him to die in your place so you could really live.

However, this post is for those of you who don’t follow Jesus. It’s not a sermon or an alter call – this is an apology. I want to apologise for the way those who say they follow Jesus have treated you. I want to apologise for the name-calling, the anger (which is a cover for fear), and the ignorance. Unfortunately, most who call themselves Christians don’t understand how Jesus would have them relate to the world around them. Jesus never condemned, put-down, or tried to change those who did not follow God. Jesus reserved His chastising, correction, and wrath for those who claimed to be following God – primarily for the leaders who were leading wrongly. To those who did not know God, Jesus showed love, compassion, and kindness. He wanted them to see the love of God; He was far more about the carrot than the stick.

Somewhere along the last 2000 years, most who follow Jesus have decided they were called to fix the world by making laws and forcing people to do what is right. While their intention may be good, they are acting outside of what the Bible says. All too often they lose love along the way. Please, forgive us for this; it is not how our Lord taught us to treat you.

To those who follow Him who see this as an unacceptable resurrection message, I’m sorry. The good news is Jesus died for our sins, and rose again to give us life. Too much of what we do in His name has nothing to do with that, and much of what we do does more to drive people away from Him than to draw them near. May we all see where we have been wrong so we might become a better witness of His love and glory. He is risen, He is risen indeed.

NOTE: Due to scheduling error, there was no post for Saturday.

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

 

Couple Things Blog Twitter @couplethings

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The Generous Wife Twitter @GenerousWife

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Happily Married After Twitter @happymarryafter

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False Sex Drive: Normal sex drive vs. manufactured sex drive/


Journey to Surrender Twitter @MarriageJourney

Easy? No! Worth It? YES! : The best is not easy, but it’s worth it.
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Marriage Gems Twitter @LoriLowe

Study: Personality Changes Boost Happiness More than External Factors: As I recently said, you can change.


Marriage Life Twitter @marriagelifemin

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My Beloved Is Mine Twitter @SongSix3

: “Men, do you pray with your wife daily? If you’re looking for intimacy in your marriage, THIS is where it starts!”


Mystery 32 Twitter @

5 Steps to Guarantee a Bad Sex Life: The last three are the one’s men need to guard against.


One Flesh Marriage Twitter @

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Help Each Other Up: Stu & Lisa Gray from The Stupendous Marriage Show
But God…: By yours truly
Marriage: Mission Possible – Wrap Up: All in one place

Fellowship of the Rings: Some of my favourite marriage bloggers get to meet.
True Passion: The choice that matters most.


Romantic Act of the Day Twitter @

A Special Desert: A sweet idea if she’s not on a diet.
A Text And A Smile: Great idea (that Tom is good at this!)


The Romantic Vineyard Twitter @

Face-To-Face: More on bloggers meeting bloggers, and a few words about the CMBA.
The Origin Of A Spouse Date Night: Nice idea, if you have the skills.

3 comments
Pete
Pete

Well said Brother, I am proud to be associated with a guy who sees our faith that way Pete

Evan
Evan

Very well said! kudos! Evan

David
David

You may get criticism for your "He Is Risen" apology blog, but I thought it was well written and so true and needs to be read not only by non-Christians, but Christians too.

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