LentBlog Day 40: Toward the future…

Romans 15:1-6.

As I read Chapter 15 tonight, the first part jumped out at me a little. Particularly vv. 5-6:

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

NRSV

So the question for me becomes, how can we move forward, particularly in American Christianity, and live this out?  I’ve gone on and on in various places on this blog about how the church doesn’t seem to be living up to this standard. It’s well-documented. American culture regards church people as one of the main groups of people who do not get along. They’re right. We know it, if we’re honest. Blah Blah…

The question is, how do we move forward? How do we become known as people who love God and their neighbors wholeheartedly instead of being known for fighting about worthless issues?Chalice

I think it takes Romans 12:1-2. I think it will happen when groups of people all over the place begin to discover they want to be transformed into the image of Jesus by the renewing of their minds through daily self-LESS living more than they want to be entertained by a Sunday morning circus-act. More than they want to get their way on the color of the chairs. More than we want to fight for our rights, our desires, and our felt needs.  We’ve simply got to want Jesus more.

I think that’s where I’m at. I want myself and any ministry or church we might lead to be authentically Christian more than I want to have the hip new thing. And I want to spend my time, effort, energy, and gifts working with people who have that kind of hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Care to join me?

Blessings on Maundy Thursday.

Mark

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