Wednesday, March 2, 2016

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC: Parables for the Righteous

Lets be real. We as Christian's hate getting our hands dirty. We detest the shadows of our community, state, country, and world. In fact we detest the darkness so much so that we would not for one moment think of going into those dark places where the prostitutes, drugs, and crime are the way of life. Not only is this true we do a tremendous amount of work making sure the shadows of our family stay hidden. The hidden alcohol abuse, drug abuse, marital issues, financial problems that lie at the heart of our family. We resist going into the dark places because we have to much to risk... plus it is not our problem and we hide our personal problems fearing judgement from our Christ loving community. 

We don't spend a lot of time talking about who Jesus hung out with because it causes us to face this very question of how we are spending our own lives. The pharisees who were religious zealots who spent their life following every bit of the law while chastising those that could not, the "sinners." What baffled the Pharisees about Jesus is although he was a Jewish rabbi he would eat with the sinners and tax collectors.  There thinking was Jesus should be judging them not eating with them! 

And this is where Jesus tells three parables one about sheep, one about a lost coin, and one of the most well known parables the parables of the lost son. The interesting thing about these parables is that they were not meant for the lost but they were meant for the righteous. Us. They are there to give us some perspective and to show what makes God very happy!

Sometimes when I am driving in Caswell County someone will pass me when it is a double line. They are breaking the law!!! O how I wish a police officer was just waiting. O how I would love to see those blue lights pull them over. Yet when those blue lights are behind me... I get my speech ready. I was wrong. I was having a bad day. I wasn't paying attention. Have grace on  me! 

Maybe the remarkable thing about God that we are slow to admit we love yet at the same time we despise is that God loves when people who are lost are found and he longs to offer grace to the sinner. The ones who lost it all. When the lost son comes home and finds not a chastizing father but a father that restores all that is lost. 

Look forward to diving deeper Sunday!