BRP Insight Post for Monday, May 27, 2019
Today is a day of remembering the sacrifice of so many men and women who fought for the freedoms we enjoy. Those lives that were given in military duty paved the way for us to openly talk about and worship God and I am so grateful! Thank you to all of you who have loved ones who gave the ultimate price; we owe them so much.
In Saturday’s reading of Acts 10 we find an invitation for all to follow Jesus. The Jewish Messiah came to be the Savior of the entire world and through the vision given to Peter, that point was made clear. All are welcome; all are invited.
The Church is divided on many issues today – race, gender identities and the role of women to name a few. Civility and common courtesy seem to be afterthoughts in the battle to be “right”. And yet, we have Jesus recorded as saying that as His followers, we are to be known by our love. Turns out love is much harder than we thought.
How do we navigate differences of opinion and/or theological interpretation? How do we create a space where we welcome even those we disagree with? How does love show up in those situations?
I think we start with recognizing that we will never lock eyes with someone Jesus didn’t give His life for. That makes all people incredibly valuable and deeply loved by the God who made them. What words does that kind of love choose to speak? How does that kind of love choose to treat others? We can do this better.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach