Monday, June 11, 2007

Bringing Them Together

One of the many things I love about the life of Jesus is how He consistently pulls people together. Fishermen, ex-prostitutes, wealthy tax-gatherers, rabbinical scholars, and powerful Roman centurians ... all coming together across borders of race, gender, class, education, and social status. This dramatic reconnection begins simply as people are attracted to and begin experiencing real love (Christ's). But these connections take a dramatic leap into intimacy and unity from the firm foundation of humble repentance and faith in Jesus - leading in turn to common truth - the requisite for real intimacy.

There are a lot of people in our world who believe in tolerance and pluralism but lack intimate community. There are also a lot of self-proclaimed Christians who talk a common truth but lack real love. In addition, there are an increasing number of cynical postmodern rebels who claim the name of Christ but go to great lengths to shamelessly slander and judge well-intentioned Christians functioning in modernity paradigms. Finally there is a small number of Christ-followers who are more concerned with the dissemination of real life than with judging Christians who are "getting it wrong" or in relating to the irreligious through the regular integration of the 'F' bomb in their vocabulary.

To this last group - those who are primarily focused in following Christ and loving people - I ask these questions:
  1. How do we bring suburbanite consumeristic Christians ... into contact with the real Christ ... through the needy of the world they often fail to recognize?
  2. How do we bring rebellious, self-righteous "emergent" Christians ... into contact with the real Christ ... through mature, older Christ-followers who are passionate for holiness?
  3. How do we bring tolerant, pluralistic, irreligious seekers ... into contact with the real Christ ... through the experience of true, loving Christ-centered community?

In other words, how do we bring all these people TOGETHER like Jesus did ... in real love and truth? Afer all, as Jesus Himself says, "All will know that you are My disciples by your love..." (John 13:35).

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