We are all witnesses of something. What and how we retell that witness, is the topic for today.
I am going to start with Jesus, He asked us to be witnesses for Him, His love, the love of God, to the world. He saw and knew very well that the world was a hurtful, corrupt place, and yet, He saw the the good. He envisioned the love and goodness in each of us. Jesus, was the greatest witness of Gods love for us, as He died to present us to God, free of sin. That’s quite something, isn’t it?
Today, I am perplexed. My feelings are flying all over as I listen and watch and witness so much hurt, pain, confusion, discord with people. With all that has happened in our society, one could IMAGINE, (and I use that word hopefully,) that Jesus would prefer us to come together in love and unity, to heal, to see His Light, to feel the healing. Instead, I see blaming, hate, discord, dismissal, discrimination, everything Jesus was NOT.
Somehow, it has been lost that THIS TIME, right now, is a HUMANITY ISSUE. It is not simply north or south, right or left, skin colors, languages……it is a stirring, severe humanity crisis. I want to get a witness to this crisis! I want someone to stand up and say like Jesus did….Enough! Enough beating, brutality, enough hate and divisiveness, enough blaming and throwing tantrums….! WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE PROBLEMS, IT IS UNDENIABLE. BUT ENOUGH!
My sadness also flows freely for mankind. We are poor examples of Christs message. We like to think we live it, but, do we? Or do we whitewash the message of LOVE ONE ANOTHER until it fits our narrative? We find and do that which fits our political, theological and sociological belief system and then tell everyone else theirs is wrong.
Here’s my confession...I am guilty of that. I have drawn lines in the sand, I have forgotten to offer Grace. I am not different, which makes me very disappointed in myself, but it is the truth. I have continued to pray and love others, but I am not sure this is the kind of Grace we need at this point. It may be all we can do, I can do, I just don’t know.
There are many people trying so hard to right our ship of society. And yet, others who still stay, doing little, trying to cause as much discord as possible to meet their own agendas. I, like so many, took our piece of life for granted. And for that, I ask forgiveness. I ask to be forgiven for being unaware, for just living in my own bubble, for not being brave enough to step up and out. I am truly sorry.
So…. can I be a true witness to Gods enduring love, even with my baggage? Yes, as long a I leave it beside the road…like the Saul/Paul did on the road to Damascus.
If I want the the world to change, I must first transform. I must be more drawn to Christs Love for others as He is for me. I must constantly seek the Light and repel the dark. I must be who I want others to be….first. That is my confession and my witness.
If anyone chooses to join me, let me know and we will join together. We will pray, we will support each other and we will show Love and Grace before anything else.
That, is my witness.