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, April 11, 2020

This Is Not The End

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." ~ Matthew 6:25-29

When I was growing up, I heard the story of The Aunt and the Grasshopper. In a nutshell, the grasshopper played all summer while the aunt stored food and reinforced his hill. Thus, when winter came, the grasshopper died and the aunt stayed warm & fed.

As children we were taught to be like the responsible aunt. When I first read the scripture above I was confused. I thought Jesus Christ was advising people to be like the grasshopper. Then it was explained to me the writers of the gospels thought Jesus was going to return within their lifetime. They weren't preparing for later because they thought there was no later.

Christians were predicting the end of the world 2,000 years ago. News Flash: This just in, they were wrong. The Roman Empire fell, people kept having babies, and the world kept on keeping on.

Things look bleak right now, but this isn’t the end. You don’t need to pour over the Book ok Revelations to see if the signs are upon us, or hoard toilet paper and tomato soup because our infrastructure is on the verge of collapse.

We will get through this. We’ll get through this faster and easier if we’re responsible toward the greater good now. We’ll be better off on the other side or this, if we're kind to each other now.
When the ICU beds are empty, when the masks are off, and when the dust settles the world will be here. The kind of world it will be is up to us.

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