We’ve missed God

©Joy R. Absalon, USA Today

©Joy R. Absalon, USA Today

 

We miss God’s unequivocal love and grace

Deciding Fuller, Calvin or Augustine

We miss God’s unequivocal love and grace

 

Ears closed down tight, we rush to “save,” intervene

“Believe This!” “Vote that!” begins the great schism

There’s black and white, no gray questions in between

 

Points of view on bread and wine and baptism

Exclusion requires no apology

“Believe This!” “Vote that!” begins the great schism

 

From Creation time to eschatology

When we could use His Word to build unity

Exclusion requires no apology

 

We form split tribes instead of community

And spew anger and argue on the Bible

When we could use His Word to build unity

 

Is it inerrant or perhaps infallible?

And spew anger and argue on the Bible

We miss God’s unequivocal love and grace

We miss God’s unequivocal love and grace

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  1. I saw this on Tom’s site. Thanks so much. I can only say, with everyone else, Amen! The saddest reality is that if we aren’t regularly relating to those with whom we think we disagree, we don’t have a voice. Actions speak louder than words–which is also true of God, in whose image we are created. In addition, the Judge of all the earth will do right. We aren’t the judges or the jury. I’ll also admit this is easier to say than to do! Thanks again, Susan.
    Elouise

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    1. “We aren’t the judges or the jury. I’ll also admit this is easier to say than to do!” Oh, I hear you on that one, Elouise!

      We all have to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us in our thoughts, our speech and our actions. I admit I sometimes catch myself thinking things that shock me. I have to stop myself right in the middle of a thought, apologize to God, and ask the Spirit to change my heart and mind. It’s the only way I can be transformed, because otherwise, I will utter words I do not want coming out of my mouth.

      Thanks so much for coming by and prompting us both to admit we’re only human. 🙂

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      1. Yes–and desiring what you write about. A world in which we get interested in each other instead of driving each other away.

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  2. Amen, Susan.
    I was chastised once for suggesting that maybe some things in the church were things we could agree to disagree on–but some people can’t see past the small stuff. I held the same belief as that person, I just wanted to be inclusive towards others where it didn’t involve the Apostle’s Creed.
    Yes, we must adhere to the essentials of Christian doctrine. But in the small stuff, we must adhere to love and grace first.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. Absolutely agree, Wendy. We must reach out instead of turn away. We must understand people are watching (and so, of course, is God). We will only succeed in making disciples with our actions, not with words.

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      1. theancients · ·

        SIF: *We will only succeed in making disciples with our actions, not with words.*

        Exactly! This is where far too many of us have fallen short… we’ve missed the message.

        The Lord Jesus: “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…” He did not say, “You shall do witnessing,” but “You shall be witnesses”. In other words, your very person will be a witness to Him! – Joseph Prince

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      2. Yes, exactly. Too much talking; not enough listening or acting in love and grace.
        Thank you for your thoughts.

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  3. Amen, Susan. Your poem pretty much sums up what a dysfunctional relationship looks like! It’s more important to be right…”everyone has to agree with me or they’re wrong”…learning what’s wrong with one another rather than learning how to love one another, which the latter is what Jesus said would show the world we are His. Blessings.

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    1. Oh, so true, Mel. It’s no wonder people hesitate to come to Him when we argue and bicker. Sincere love and unity is the way we follow Him; disciples will be made of this.

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  4. Amen – so truthful

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  5. Wow…. one of the most beautifully profound poems, ever. So sad that this perfectly describes American churches!

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    1. Very sad indeed, Brittany. I pray we can turn this around by continuing to tell the true Gospel of love and grace.

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      1. I pray that, too Susan!

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  6. I so much love to read your words. There are people who do not miss. There are people who are hungry and thirsty. There are people who are waiting at the well for living water, and so many are too busy to stop arguing to offer it to those who are parched. But we have Jesus as our example. What a gift he has given us.

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    1. So true, Susan. We must focus our energies on giving life, living water, instead of the idol of being right. Thank you so much for contributing your thoughts.

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  7. Reblogged this on realchange4u and commented:
    What a beautiful insight into loving others through loving God.

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  8. God is love. Like little children we should be. No worries . Daddy has it all covered. You want me to do that. OK daddy. Then we find love. If we have a loving eathly father. Do we not trust him for all things. What a blessing this post was Susan. God love you Susan.

    May love Tom

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    1. Absolutely, Tom.
      When we’re concerned or focused on all those external things, we miss the heart of His grace and mercy. The intimacy of His love.

      It’s so wonderful to have this heart connection with you – that you understand my words and love for Him because of your own love for Him, too.

      Thank you, Tom. May His face shine upon you and Carolyn today.

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