Tag Archive: responce

so it finally happened…an athlete in a major sport [football, basketball, baseball, hockey] broke his silence & said that he is gay.  first time in this country this has happened.  all of this broke mon., april29 with a sport illustrated article [here is a link to one such article].  what happens now, for the Christ-follower & the church, is highly important.  the things that we say now & how we behave has a great opportunity to reach into places we’ve often stayed away from…and stayed away at our own doing & choice. the issue of tolerance is often brought up when these kinds of conversations are had.  “you have to be tolerant of others beliefs & even their reaching-outbehaviors, otherwise you’re being judgmental!” important point: we need to be sure we understand what tolerance means.

tol·er·ance defined

1.  a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, racereligion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

2.  fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.

tolerance does not mean that i have to agree with whatever you want to do or say.  tolerance DOES mean that i respect you as a person & that you have value, even if i don’t agree with how you live your life.  this is also how we recognize what love is all about.

so, with all of that said, this is a grand time to make sure that as a Christ-follower i am reaching out to those that feel as though they may have had to hide a part of their lives.  this was a prominent part of the article about jason collins & admitting his sexuality. recently i was having a conversation with a friend of mine & our conversation ended up being about how we talk with people that believe different than us.  how do we show love, but at the same time talk with them is such a way that they know where we stand?  what we ended up saying is that our best bet is to always get back to Jesus.  always get it back to Jesus.

so in light of these recent events, we look to Jesus…

Jesus is consistently seen with the kind of people that the local church leaders did not have much patience or time for.  He’s found at their parties, not obeying the rituals of the day, ignoring the societal standards of separation.  and it ticked them off to the point of orchestrating His death. but an interesting thing emerges; those people that the church-folk didn’t like, liked Jesus; even though the church-folk were more like Him, but Jesus didn’t seem to like the church-folk very much… meaning this: Jesus seemed to want to be with those that were outside the church more than those inside the church.  i’m not why this is, but here is a possibility.  it is natural for us to become highly comfortable with people that are most like us & Jesus seemed to want to break that down.  acknowledging that His greatest desire is for us…ALL of us.  and His desire for us is shared through those that already know Him.  so i must make sure that the way i talk about this issue, & how i even feel toward those that have this life-style, is covered in the love of Christ.

may you do the same…

what to do, what to do…

so over the weekend, with lots going on [Christmas event to attend, events to plan for, dinner with friends, etc., etc.] i’ve really been thinking about that ‘next future’ thing for the church.

i can’t seem to get away from the thought of how Jesus spent His time & whom He spent time with. much of the time He’s with those that are on the edges & seemingly unimportant; those that don’t appear to have much to contribute to society.
if this is the posture of Jesus why do we feel so, @ times, detached from those that are in need? true, it’s easier to just go back to what we’re used to & what doesn’t make us feel uncomfortable. to ignore the need & hurt that’s right in front of us.

the growing gap between those that have & those that have-not is growing. i’ve become increasingly aware of that fact. just look at the news & there seems to be a regular stream of those that are living out of their cars, loosing their homes, kids & parents that don’t have enough to eat. the need is great.
yes, we could debate all day long about what people have done to themselves in buying too much, owning too big a home, having too many toys & loosing it all. we all have to answer for the decisions we’ve made & continue to make. but my greater job as a Christ-follower is to help meet the need.

so, in order to meet the need i have to be willing to see the need.

n.t. – Jesus gets out of the boat & sees the people & has compassion on them. [mt.14:14]. there was something about the way He sees them that causes Him to act. unless we begin to see people the way Jesus saw people we won’t begin to do the kind of things that Jesus does.
the practice here is to begin to look at people the way that Jesus did, with eyes of compassion & a desire to help.