I am convinced more than ever that humility, peace and direct care are the only ways to reflect Jesus to our world. It does not matter how far or fast culture and religious belief shift, the gospel of panic simply does not reflect the presence of Jesus. We often speak in words that we attribute to Jesus, but I worry that at times we are confusing our own voice for God’s voice. One test will give us the answer: when our words invite peace and instill grace and extend love, Jesus is at work in and through us. When our words are angry, bitter, jealous, demanding and impatient, there is likely self-interest slithering through the roots of our motivations. I say “when” because all of us are prone to make mistakes from time to time. Our mistakes can guide us into spiritual surrender, which can bring humility and inner healing. Then, we can reflect Christ well once again.
This kind of posture never suspends or minimizes the legitimacy of moral teachings. It does, however, demand that we reject the temptation to target only certain people with the harder truths of scripture. It calls us to pursue a level playing field.
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