08 June 2011

Jesus Warns Against Loveless Theology

Tissot - Curses Against The Pharisees
Luke 11:37-54

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty--Mary's Song (Luke 1:53)

He raises the dead.  "Wrong hometown."  He gives sight to the blind.  "Wrong day."  He teaches about the Kingdom of Heaven with authority.  "Wrong disciples."  He drives out demons.  "He didn't wash before the meal."

Throughout this study, the recorders of Jesus' ministry tell us over and over again that for every light there is a shadow.  Jesus would do something miraculous and the religious leaders would have an astoundingly callous reaction.

According to Paul, we are to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling"This world is broken.  Our world is full of fear, death and injustice.  Jesus makes it quite clear in his teachings that we either allow him to empower us to be part of the solution or we are part of the problem.

In these "Woes to the Pharisees", we can humbly determine whether we are part of the solution or part of the problem:

If a church puts more energy into Sunday morning than Friday night, they are not Christ's church.

If a church treats its Communion vessels with more respect than those in need, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more concerned with putting names on plaques than in the Book of Life, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is spending more money and resources on itself than on the larger community, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more interested in making people feel guilty about not following Christ instead of actually helping them to actually follow Christ, they are not Christ's church.

If a church has leaders who are more interested in title than responsibility, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more concerned with modes of baptism than with teaching and demonstrating the love and mercy of God, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more concerned with what day they have their formal service than with helping fathers emulate their Father in heaven, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more concerned with its marketing than its mission, they are not Christ's church.

If a church proclaims itself through word and/or deed that they know who is and who is not worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more concerned with who should be saved instead of welcoming anyone the Lord sends to them, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more concerned with appearances than reality, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is more disturbed by crying babies than the silence of no children, they are not Christ's church.

If a church's theology can't be understood and followed by a 7-year-old, they are not Christ's church.

If a church is filled with people who are not obsessed with being a neighbour, they are not Christ's church.

If a church neglects the justice and the love of God, they are not Christ's church.

The more I study through the Gospels, the more I realise just how straight-forward Jesus was.  It's not complicated.  We make it complicated so that we think we have an excuse.  But, at the end of the day, following Jesus is a question of will not understanding.

Father, help me not to be distracted and deceived by the unimportant.  I want to be a part of your family.  Thank you for your justice.  Thank you for your mercy and love toward me, O Lord.  Amen.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post brother

    Jesus reminds me to send you a greeting
    Psalm 115 verse 15
    Jeremiah 32 verse 17
    Jeremiah 33 verse 3 and verse 6
    Mark 11 verse 24

    God bless you and your family

    greetings
    Jan

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  2. Takk and Gracias, my brothers.

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