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Judgement Or Mercy?

July 27, 2012

Greetings,

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5: 16-19

Wow, a powerful passage indeed.  We are no longer supposed to view people with our own worldly eyes of judgement.  “Do not judge by mere appearance, but rather use righteous (God centered and influenced) judgement.” (John 7: 24)  We are not supposed to judge as the world does.  We are to see everyone through the eyes of Christ now.

The Lord has given us the ministry of reconciliation, which means we are not supposed hold ANYONES  sins against them.  This is HUGE!  It is an area that the “church” gets almost totally wrong most of the time.  Most of the “church” today sits in judgement against most sins that people commit, but the message that The Lord gave us is to forgive EVERYONES sins.  Lying, cheating, stealing, adultry, fornication, homosexuality, you name it and we are called to forgive as Christ forgave us.

This message is not optional people!  It is the central message of the very Gospel we say we believe in and live for.  We are supposed to approach ALL people with open arms and hearts, but the fact is that most of the time we totally reject the people who need God’s grace the most.  Instead of openly inviting people into the church we build fortresses, literally and metaphorically, to keep most people out of the church.  Don’t you see how ass backwards that is?  His message is not about our comfort zones, it is about totally loving the undesirable and outcasts of society.  We should all be on the very frontlines of meeting and accepting sinners just the way they are.

Expecting people to be clean, upright and sinless before they meet Jesus is totally ridiculous.  We are supposed to welcome EVERYONE into the Body of Christ and after that God will chose how to wash away and deal with whatever their various sins might be.  And it will be on His time schedule and NOT ours. Until we open our hearts and arms to EVERYONE the work of the church will remain undone.  Some smug folks might be comfortable with that, but I am not and neither is Jesus.  Coming into a relationship with Christ and His Church has always been a matter of whosoever will.  We all need to open our hearts and homes to the so called “unloveable”.  It is only then that His church will shine and begin to attract those who need HIM most.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

p.s. Made it safe and sound to Washington State with no PTSD issues on the plane.  God even watched out over my bowels for me and I never had to use the toilet once.  It might sound funny, but it is a HUGE issue for me.  Special thanks to the Grossmans for taking me out for a famous Jucy Lucy burger during my long layover in Minnesota.  Thanks also to BK and Mike for picking me up in Seattle.  My time with Ann and Megan so far has been excellent.  I got to go now and start to cook dinner.  I love to cook for people.

 

 

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7 Comments
  1. I love and appreciate this post so much. I’ve been at the receiving end of what you talk about and, as is true in most cases, when we judge we usually don’t have all the facts. So glad to hear that your flight went well. I’ve been plagued at various times of my life with panic attacks, so I feel very empathetic about what you go through. Enjoy your travels and visit with friends.

  2. DanG permalink

    “All this is from God…”
    “…gave us the ministry of reconciliation…”
    Shall we reconcile?

  3. Dan, I didn’t think there was anything between us to be reconciled.

  4. DanG permalink

    Correct, hippie-bro…
    Reconcile is included in the list of “All this is from God…” so perhaps reconcile can go toward those that need to know “All this is from God…” You may be beating a dead horse? When those come to the place that “All this is from God…” they will be reconciled. I suggest that your message may not be reaching them? You be singing to the choir when you explain the error in the ways of men.
    Let’s get relational and enjoy worship here – as brethren!
    “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” Amen.

  5. Actually Dan, I would love to come to Chicago sometime soon and finally meet you face to face.

  6. DanG permalink

    Do It!
    Or, perhaps I should take a drive…

  7. "BK" permalink

    “This message is not optional people! It is the central message of the very Gospel we say we believe in and live for. We are supposed to approach ALL people with open arms and hearts, but the fact is that most of the time we totally reject the people who need God’s grace the most.”

    An excellent post, Chris. What the Lord has to remind me from time to time is that ‘all sins’ includes religion. I used to say alot that Jesus hung out with the publicans and sinners…inferring He didn’t with Scribes & Pharisees, until He reminded me one day, “I hung out with religious people too.”
    And another time I was so ANGRY (rightly so, I might add) with pastors and Babylon, when He quietly said, “I died for them too.” Whew, sometimes I get out of balance with despising the religious world. Somehow, this post just reminded me again so I thought I’d share my experieince.

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