Sacred Cows

©Artsia

©Artsia

In ancient days when Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, he was gone for 30 days. Expecting him to return much sooner, the Israelites became impatient and surly. They wanted a leader and a God who responded to them NOW.

With Aaron’s help, they built a god to worship: a god they could control and define; a god they could see and touch; a god made to fit inside their own box; a sacred cow designed to approve of their own agendas.

What are your sacred cows? Abortion? The death penalty? Guns? Immigration? LGBTQ? Marriage? Prayer in schools? Whatever point on the spectrum you stand on these issues, do you worship them more than God?

Is your desire to be right on these issues more important than introducing people to Jesus through your compassionate, loving and grace-filled words and actions?

Do you remember that Jesus came for the sick and broken? Do you recall His main reason for being which He himself explained to Nicodemus (emphasis mine)?

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17)

Jesus saves; he doesn’t condemn. Jesus invites; he doesn’t exclude. Jesus delivers grace and compassion; he doesn’t turn his back or refuse healing or help. Jesus offers life, redemption and restoration; he vanquished death.

He fulfilled the law because law does not prevent us from sinning. Jesus transforms our hearts and minds. He gives us the desire to shift our words and behavior, and we do that with the Father’s blessing and the Spirit’s help.

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Does Brexit matter? Does the person elected to sit in the White House matter? Do your agendas matter? Perhaps for a moment. But in the long run, the agendas, the people, the issues are only grains of sand among all the oceans.

As Christians, isn’t it time we shift the paradigm of the ways we respond to hot button issues? Because right now, we’re still acting as stumbling blocks to the very people who may earnestly desire our help – to the very people Jesus came to save. And only His love and compassion – through us – can transform hearts and minds.

Are you ready to abandon your sacred cow in order to embrace a potential disciple?

 

19 comments

  1. Whooo Susan! That’s some good preaching right there!

    Our “sacred cows” that we cling to do make us stumble and fall (again and again). Holding on to them we can’t extend our hands to others….Love all of this!

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    1. Thank you, Lilka! 🙂

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  2. Great post, Susan. Your post made me think about how our sacred cows actually hinders love. And how these “cows” also include all the good things mentioned in 1 Cor.13:1-3. As Paul said, without love all that’s just a lot of noisy nothing! It makes us devalue what’s important…loving God and loving everyone else as we love ourselves. Maybe we’ll actually believe that sometime. 🙂
    Thanks for helping us get free from these religious objects of false worship that we make more important than God and people. Blessings.

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    1. Thank you as always for the input, Mel. We feel so strongly about certain things based on our interpretation of certain verses of the Bible, we can take it to extremes without even knowing. The danger is our Trinity can become Father, Son and Holy Bible.
      We have to take a step back and concern ourselves with Jesus’ words, remember He came to do our Father’s will, and remind ourselves the Bible is the inspired word of God, not the dictated word of God.

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      1. Amen to that! 🙂

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  3. The True Light! · ·

    I agree with your point, Susan. We must first and foremost show our love for people, just as Christ did and still does. What I believe you are saying is that it is our responsibility to show people the commands of God through the love of God…

    We can love someone even if we do not condone what they do. Therefore it is our Christian duty and privilege to teach the Christian way of life to all people through our actions as well as our words. This may be taken in different ways by others, but it is up to the Lord as to how or even if another person is effected by our efforts.

    It does start with love, however, as I believe you have said. Beginning with the “blame game” will almost always run us into a ditch from the very onset…

    May the Lord love and keep you, Susan!

    Steve

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    1. Exactly, Steve. Thank you for stating it in other words so others might understand more clearly.

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      1. The True Light! · ·

        You did a very good job of stating your idea, Susan. I was just adding my opinion more than anything else.

        Have a super day and may the Lord love and keep you, my friend!

        Steve 🙂

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      2. You as well, Steve. And thank you again for adding your opinion. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. ❤

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  4. That will preach all day long to all of us.

    Love it

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    1. Oh, thank you Tom.
      We really do have to put him first.
      I know many of us are trying to weigh this issue or that, or trying to figure out who will make the least mess of things on a national and global level, but really the bottom line is we have to trust in Him. We have to allow the Spirit to lead us. We have to put God first in all things.

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      1. Amen Susan. Jesus is the only way. He wasn’t let us down. Trust key.

        Love you

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  6. Excellent treatise on the inclusivity of the Lord Susan. It’s telling that even spell check recognizes “exclusivity” but not “inclusivity”. One question on your post: what is the meaning of “He fulfilled the law because law does not prevent us from sinning.” I would understand if it finished “because the law does not prevent us from worshiping ” or ” seeking the Lord” or “being one with Christ” or any like phrase.

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    1. Great question, Paul.
      As the apostle Paul wrote it – but even now – laws were designed to point out sin and to protect us from harm. But they are only words on paper. They don’t prevent us from doing “illegal” things if our hearts are in the wrong place.

      Jesus explained in his Sermon on the Mount that all the Old Testament laws come down to two: Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself. He also raised the level of of the laws extended from the Ten Commandments in Matthew Ch. 5 by saying if you have anger, hate, lust or envy in your heart, you’re breaking the law anyway. The “doing” doesn’t matter – it’s the “being,” the where-you-heart-is that really matters, because all your thoughts and words and actions come from there.

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