Last week of our summer read-along! Craziness! Thanks so much for joining us, friends. I know it wasn’t an easy thing to stick with, but whether you were in and out or super-engaged or randomly stalking or what-the-heck-ever, THANK YOU.
You’ve inspired me and made me think and helped me grow.
I loved this last section. Lots to comment on.
First, this comment from Rachel’s co-worker, Sam: “Now, I’ve got no problem with Jesus. But it seems to me that if evangelical Christians were the only ones to have God all figured out, then they would be the kindest, most generous people around. No offense to you, but in my twenty-plus years in this business, I haven’t found that to be true. Most Christians I know are only interested in winning arguments, converts, and elections.” (201)
Ouch. And true. You don’t really have to look much further than Facebook.
We’re supposed to be recognizable as Jesus-followers by our love.
“As far as I’m concerned, the teachings of Jesus are far too radical to be embodied in a political platform or represented by a single candidate.” (206)
Yes. Jesus for President!
The Love the Lord Your God… and Your Neighbor verses were the theme verses for Camp Mission Meadows this summer. And I’m so glad.
I love what Rachel had to say about them.
It’s that simple and that profound. It’s that easy and that hard.
Taking on the yoke of Jesus is not about signing a doctrinal statement or making an intellectual commitment to a set of propositions. It isn’t about being right or getting our facts straight. It is about loving God and loving other people. The yoke is hard because the teachings of Jesus are radical: enemy love, unconditional forgiveness, extreme generosity. The yoke is easy because it is accessible to all–the studied and the ignorant, the rich and the poor, the religious and the nonreligious. Whether we like it or not, love is available to all people everywhere to be interpreted differently, applied differently, screwed up differently, and manifested differently. Love is bigger than faith, and it’s bigger than works, for it inhabits and transcends both.” (209-210)
Faith, hope, love. And the greatest of these is love. I think we’re missing this, folks.
Two more, and then it’s your turn:
“And slowly I am learning to live the questions, to follow the teachings of a radical rabbi, to live in an upside-down kingdom in which kings are humbled and servants exalted, to look for God in the eyes of the orphan and the widow, the homeless and the imprisoned, the poor and the sick. My hope is that if I am patient, the questions themselves will dissolve into meaning, the answers won’t matter so much anymore, and perhaps it will all make sense to me on some distant, ordinary day. (225)
Some of us are living what we think is upside-down to the world, but it’s the dead wrong upside-down. We’ve got to figured out what really mattered most to Jesus–and put our minds, hearts, hands, and feet to that.
Last, this statement. Love.
“Those who say that having childlike faith means not asking questions haven’t met too many children.” (225)
Any closing thoughts to share with the class?
Thanks again for hanging out with us this summer. Let me gather up some energy, and hopefully we’ll read something else together in the fall. Let me know if you have any suggestions!