I do not understand the love affair amongst some Christians of making the cross offensive. “This will (probably) offend you,” they say. “This may upset the PC people,” they add.
What kind of witness is this? Yes, Paul calls the cross “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18) to some, and many times it is. There are many who don’t get it, don’t like it, or more likely have had bad experiences with it.
But our goal should never to be to offend, but simply to present the Gospel as it is. The naked Gospel is powerful enough without attaching a bulldozer to is.
Let us witness and truth and in love. May it be Christ and the Holy Spirit that speaks through us, rather than our own selfish ambition.
Who is the least of these?
We all are. We can be poor of spirit
and poor of money
and beat down and cast out and left alone.
Reach out to your brothers your sisters
your fathers your mothers your uncles
aunts cousins across the world
and across the street
listen to one another
be there and support
“listen listen love love”
for God is good
and we are ALL His children!
Jesus sent them out
first the twelve, then the seventy-two
He sent them out with nothing,
reminding us all we don’t need all the baggage
all the stuff
to accomplish His mission
We just need Him
And if His message is not received
that is okay,
just knock the dust off and keep on going.
We’ve got to do,
miracles to perform,
demons to expel.
Let the Kingdom of God begin here today!
I’ve been the inquisitor
Now I just want to hug
What good has judgement wrought?
Only to scare people away
I don’t want to do that
I want people to feel safe and loved
So that we might grow as one together.
It is the nature of God to reveal Himself
It is the nature of man to try to conceal Him
His fingerprint is everywhere,
in the rocks, trees, and air
Man covers the universe in concrete and steel,
he erects walls
while God builds bridges
Jesus Christ being the ultimate bridge
between holy God and His fallen children.
Man covers over the cross with outstretched hands,
claiming “I am god”
Yet the true God remains always before us,
waiting, inviting us in,
wanting us to experience Him
to the utmost.
I love that the Greek word for God’s love for us is agápē
Because, when you remove all the markers above the letters,
you get agape-
like mouth agape, heart agape, mind agape,
God’s love for us is so beyond our comprehension
that it should leave us with our jaw hanging down,
we ought to be scratching our heads and
falling to our knees in awe of it.
Likewise, when we love like He loves,
we should illicit the same response.
We’re talking blow-your-mind awesome.
Our love should be so righteous, so pure,
so unexpectedly right
that it leaves a mark, makes a difference,
changes the world, if only a little bit.
There, my friends, is our benchmark.
Time to thrive.
Joy Moss started Asheville Beer and Hymns.
She lives up to her name,
a true beam of sunlight amongst clouds.
Every time we play music,
music is always secondary to community-building.
Our mission is higher than what we do,
It is who we are, to each other and to God.