New Website, The Table, and Twitter, oh my! Navigating Relationships in a Changing World As the words echo from the great prophet, Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin’.” Meanwhile, in my other ear I hear the great wisdom of the Beatles, “Don’t pass me by.” This is the quandary…the struggle, the tension. […]
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Can you picture, this woman has been bent over for eighteen years. The days grow long, walking—slowly. Walking, looking down and her worn feet. Try walking in these shoes for eighteen long years. What do you see through these eyes?
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
After a laundry list of things we all struggle with he then turns to the virtues for loving neighbor: Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Generosity. How would living these gifts affect the relationships around us? How would our unchurched neighbor, and the world respond if this were the impression they shared of the church?