Monday, April 28, 2008

We Are All The Same!

I just got back from New Mexico for the weekend and on the way back I was listening to a book on tape, called, “He Loves Me”, by Wayne Jacobsen. It was definitely an eye opener. Most of what I was hearing I was aware of but wow, what an awesome reminder and revelation. One thing that I just can’t get my mind off is how every single person no matter who they are or what they have done; they get the opportunity to be loved and accepted by Father with the grace that is given freely by the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for every single person that has breath. If you really think about it, it is so easy to label people by their mistakes or sins that they have committed. For instance, if you know of someone who does prostitution, or had an abortion, well you just label him or her off by their sin they have committed. I am starting to think how unfair and far away from God’s character that is to do to anybody! I have started catching myself doing this to a certain ‘group’ of people. To me, I think that God sees every sin the same! Prostitution, adultery, abortion, stealing, lying, cheating, killing, you name it they are all the same. So how can I say, I am not as bad as that person who had an abortion, when I am a sinner just as they are even if I didn’t have an abortion, I have sinned in other ways. I want to start bashing the sin instead of the person. People are just people it doesn’t matter, but one of the most destructive things in this entire world isn’t people but the existance of sin itself. If I am walking down a busy street and see lots of people walking, I don’t know who they are or what they have done, so therefore I can’t label or judge them for who they are and what they have done, but see everyone in the same light, and realize that Father loves every single person regardless their sin! Yeah, do I wish they all knew who Father was and how much He truly loves each and everyone of them? Heck YES! But, then I think about what Father has said, before his second coming every single person will have the chance to know who Father is and how much He loves them. Then we all will know who will accept and return the affection of Father. But somehow I think if I knew some of the sins that people have committed I might think of them differently and try to ‘save’ them and convert them. I am thinking that that isn’t my job to do so in the first place, but, treat everyone the same like Father does to all of us! It’s harder said than done, but if I think of people in the same light as Father does and start to change the way I judge or hold any view toward them, I am constantly reminded that Fathers love is the same today and forever and is never changing. I want to start treating people with love and Father’s affection no matter who they are or what they have done!

8 comments:

Joel Brueseke said...

My friend Mike and I discussed this very thing on our latest podcast, People aren't made whole or set free by focusing on sinful behavior, so this was kind of fresh in my mind as I read your post here.

We (Christians) seem to have more of a focus on the sinful behavior of people than on who they really are - people who need Jesus just as much as we do! And so we shy away from those who have obvious outward sinful behavior instead of embracing them with the love of Jesus.

Like you say, it's easier to talk about all of this than it is to go out and love people, but it's good to encourage one another in it. :)

Nicole said...

Thanks Joel for the input! I will definately go take a listen to your podcast!

In Freedom, Nicole!

Nicole said...

Oh Joel I just finished listening to your podcast! I love it! You made complete sense. It is so easy to focus on the sinner than the sin! Its hard to seperate the two!

In Freedom, Nicole!

Joel Brueseke said...

Nicole,

I'm glad you liked it. We've done almost 140 programs to date, but this one in particular was heavy on my heart as we recorded it and it also brought tears to my eyes as I listened to it again.

I'm saddened by what the church has made "Christianity" out to be and I'm saddened that I still sometimes propagate the problem myself! However, I'm growing and I think many others in the church are also waking up to the fact that the members of the body of Christ are not the world's police but rather the vessels through which He shows His love and grace.

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