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Guilty As Anyone

Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”- Jesus

I’ve always loved this saying of Jesus. It is in his classic way of encouraging us to deal with our own crap before we sit on a high horse, judging another person. Jesus is a master at drawing moral equivalence. This is not something our western culture likes to examine. We have come very far at removing the logs in our own eyes, yet we still have work to do. I am afraid, at times, that my criticisms are seen as bashing the west, my culture, patriotism, Christianity, white folks, Republicans, conservatism, capitalism, etc. and that I don’t see the evil in the world such as ISIS, Boko Haram, Putin, Chinese authoritarianism, dictatorships, etc. What my criticisms are aimed at are the “tribe” in which I was born and belong as well as myself personally.

What if we truly focused on healing and wholeness first within ourselves, our families, our churches, our culture, our politics, our own systems before we judge the “other”? This isn’t very sexy and definitely doesn’t allow us to look down on the rest of the world.  I recognize that the world is systemically evil but what is sad is the inability to see it and thus make changes. In my tradition there is a Deceiver and his power is in lies and wickedness (root wicker= twisted truth). We often see evil as good.

When we attempt to judge self-righteously the “other”, we fall into exactly what Jesus is saying. Hypocrites without true standing and the only way of “peace” is through domination, power and the threat of violence. Could there be a better, more excellent way?

My friends, please remember my criticisms are also directed at myself. I am as complicit in the evil systems of this world as anyone. May we all humbly see the logs that rest in our own eyes and gently do the surgery to have them removed together.


I want to blog a bit about Jesus.

I sometimes wonder if the modern church has made him much smaller than he really is.  I know we believe he is the unique Son of God and the second person in the Trinity but do we really grasp this? There are times it feels more like we are following the teachings of a 2000 year old philosopher who loves us and gave himself up for us. Could he be even more?

The Bible says that all things have been made by,for, and through Jesus. All things.  Think about that for a moment. Also, that “in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)

It also says “he is the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15)  He shows us what Father is really like. He said “no one knows the Father except the Son” (Mat 11:27) emphasis added.

I think it has been easier for me to look at the historical Jesus and think that is where most  of my focus should be when it comes to relating to him. One problem….I wasn’t there!!!  He was talking to actual people that may have had specific intentions. It feels detached and distant at times. Whereas the resurrected Jesus who lives in me by the Spirit feels much closer and relational.  Could he have specific intentions and things to say to me or you? I understand the value of scripture. I have wondered at times if scripture can inhibit us from hearing the very voice of God, due to the complexities of it all.  Jesus did say ” You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:39-40)

I am not saying that the historical accounts have nothing to teach us. I am saying the action of God becoming man to bring us into relationship is what I believe the heart of the Gospel is.  What does it mean to be a “Christian” or “Christ-follower”? Are we following the teachings 2ooo years old (yet timeless) of our Lord or participating in the reconciliation of the world to God through Jesus by the Spirit? Or is it mysteriously both?

I recognize not all folks have the trouble I do at times and understand things more clearly. I want to share the things I believe Father places on my heart…even if they appear to be extraordinarily unique!  🙂

P.S. lots of Bible bingo, huh 🙂

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