We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Deserving Of Love?

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” ~ Ephesians 2:8

There aren't many perks to being physically disabled. With a few exceptions, I pretty much have to depend on the kindness of others for everything I need and want. I need to be fed, bathed, shaved, cleaned after evacuating my bowels, etc.…. Yet, in a way, that's a perk, because it lets me see people for who they are.

As they work in earnest to clean me and/or alleviate my pain, I can’t help but love them. When I tell them so, they tell me they love me too. For a split second I wonder why. What about me makes me worthy of their love?

Then I realize, their love for me has nothing to do with me, but is a reflection of them and their compassion.

I imagine it’s the same way with God. There's nothing we can do to EARN God’s love. God loves us because He’s a gracious and compassionate God, not because of anything we’ve done.   While this means we can't earn God's love, I suppose it means we can't lose it either.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Putting Our Blessings Into Perspective

“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ~ Luke 11:11-13

I’m on the last leg of a cold; I just need to shake this cough and I’ll be golden. I say that now, but a few days ago I was asking God why he had forsaken me. I was a good Christian. Surely, I should receive the proverbial egg, rather than the scorpion.

Of course, that's not the way it works. We can’t expect to skate merrily through life simply because we believe in God.

My mistake was not looking at the whole board. When I look at my life as a whole, I see God working on my behalf in multiple ways. I’ve never been truly hungry or homeless. I can wake up in the morning and decide what I want for breakfast, which is a luxury most of the world doesn't share. Occasional colds aside, I’m actually pretty blessed.

Friday, September 20, 2019

A Time For Everything Under Heaven

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ~
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.”

I just returned home from seeing the Downton Abbey movie. Utilizing magnificent vistas, ornate settings, and resplendent costumes, Julian Fellows wove a tapestry of stories together to allow fans to revisit their favorite characters.

Although, we were treated to a variety of tales, “the inevitability of change” was a theme which ran through the entire film, just below the surface. Being on the cusp of major changes myself, I may have been extra aware of such themes. I’m not sure.

I don’t handle change well. I’ve often remarked I’d like to live in the Simpsons’ Springfield, where nobody ages and the status quo remains constant. Of course, that's not what God had in mind for his children.

Life, is a series of linear and circular changes. We’re meant to grow, change, and evolve. Yet, such change requires letting go of the known and embracing the unknown. I typically drag my feet when faced with such change, fighting tooth and nail to hold onto what I know.

Ironically, every time I look back at such transitions, I can see almost all of them proved to be beneficial.