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Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

How Far Should We Go For Our Faith?

I can't help but be reminded of the passage in Luke 7 when Jesus raised an only son of a widow from the dead.  Unlike the passage of Lazarus we don't know this man's name.  We do know however that Jesus touched the bier, what is used to carry the coffin / dead, and said "rise!" and the dead man sat up.  Interesting, here he didn't even touch the actual man.  Yet, in doing this Jesus became unclean - and for the Hebrews at the time that was a big sin.  He had become unclean, simply out of compassion.  He rose this man simply out of compassion for his mother.  Jesus out of compassion went against the laws of his faith. 

Unfortunately today, for many, this lesson is lost.  It is no longer out of compassion that we push the limits of our faith but instead out of fear, judgment, anger (the list could go on) we instead embrace perceived limits and instill them on others.   Instead of allowing the true nature of our bold and boundary breaking Christ we put into nice boxes the teaching of the good news and proclaim superior knowledge some 2000 years later.  And in the name of our beliefs and faith we allow evil to spread.  We allow for "othering" and most damning to Christ message we fail to spread love and compassion.  I doubt anyone would include compassion on a list of adjectives describing Christians.

Why?  Why do we feel that we need to draw a line in the sand about Christian truths and spread not only a negative imagine of Christians to the world but more importantly judgment and hate?  Since when was standing on a moral high ground about damning others?

How far should we go for what we believe in?  We should go so far as to love and serve even the least of these.  We should go so far as to show EVERYONE that ALL are worthy of accepting Christ.   But most importantly we should go so far as to bring Christianity BACK to the world.

Fear, anger, judgment, rash decisions and most importantly yelling should not be things we respond to.  They should not be controlling us, influencing us or even encouraging us.  These are not markers of Christians.  This is not what Jesus was about.  This is a marker of someone with little faith.  With little hope.  With little compassion and passion.  With little God in their life. 

For those who truly have a relationship with the Divine.  Life is about joy!  Life is full of hope! Compassion and passion abound!  But most importantly love flows.  Love beams and the Holy Spirit moves.  As part of the secular world, our faith should never be hidden or forgotten but we should also remember to show compassion and love to those around us.  We should remember the least, the last and most importantly never be the first to throw stones.  Should we all not strive to live a life that when our final day of judgment come have to stand before God and at worst case apologize for loving too much than to realize we didn't love enough? 

Jesus could have raised every dead person he met, but he didn't.  He did however out of compassion raise this man in the passage of Luke 7.  He did so by becoming unclean.  By going against the rules that defined his faith.  Out of compassion he went against the rules that defined his faith.  This is what we need today.  We need out of compassion to stop picking and choosing Biblical passages that allow us to through stones and judgment towards people but instead to find ways to love.  We need to for our faith not draw lines in the sand and proclaim there is a war on Christianity, but instead draw circles around our communities and let people in.  The only war on Christianity is one of its own making.   

People are living the church.  People are proclaiming they still believe in "something" but as I see it "something" isn't enough.  We need accountability for our actions, we need a place to fill us with God's love and most importantly we need to see the compassion of others bounding.  I would love to see more post/ tweets that revolve around compassion then judgment.  I would love to see people stop taking sides as if life is black and white.  I would love to see us talk with each other instead of at each other but NONE of that is going to happen unless we all realize that the answer to "how far should we go for our faith" is not drawing a line and standing our ground but is instead about breaking the boundaries.  Jesus broke boundaries.  Let us see and feel the Spirit that moves in all of us.  Let us remember that we are all apart of God's creation and as such we should all be see as brothers and sisters. Let us find compassion and bring God's hope, joy, love and most of all passion back to not only our lives but the lives of those around us.  Let us be engulfed by God's love not stifled by judgment.  

Let us with compassion break the boundaries of our faith and truly allow the Holy to abound in our lives and all those we touch.  Perhaps together, going the distance for our faith, we can bring back to this world joy, hope, love, compassion, grace and the salvation of Christ.