Wow! Nothing like talking it out! I love it!
So Juls and I have been going back and forth and for the sake of my fingers I thought I would dial instead of type to follow up on her latest comment. Lest you think we are on opposite sides of the fence from what I gathered, we are not.
To sum it up very neatly, we each have a different concern and we each share a bigger one…
1. Her concern: (and pardon me as I speak for her): Is that we are called to love, not call people out on their sins. She feels pointing fingers and saying that certain things are wrong will not speak as loud as ACTIONS.
2. My concern: That we (I mean Christians) have gotten soft and have relied too much on actions and we are afraid to say, “This is the Word of God, this is what do my best to live by, here is what is says.” (About your sin and MINE!)
THE BIGGER CONCERN WE SHARE: Christians need to act like Christians. We are to love The Lord, our neighbor as ourself, and take care of the widows and orphans. We both agree that if we did, if just 10% of us would shift it into high gear, we would stick out like sore thumbs and the world would change and take note in a big way. We both have blogged about this numerous times.
My point in my blog entry the other day was not to talk about love. It was to remind people that “radical” Isalm has a very serious agenda and that it is our conversion, yours and mine or our death. THAT is what we need to remember. THAT is what I would want to remind Rosie.
If you want to talk about love, I will conceed that the term, “big fat yapper” was not very loving! 🙂
So, I will unite our concerns and attempt, in my own way to unite my readers (all four of you). WE MUST BE MORE LOVING. TO EVERYONE.
To the slow lady at the grocery store, the flighty waitress, our boss, our employees. AND WE MUST NOT BE ASHAMED TO LIVE BY THE WORD OF GOD AND POINT PEOPLE TO THE WORD OF GOD. God agrees – he says, Faith without works is dead and He also says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ…”and his “Word will not return void.”
We can have it both ways. We can not have one without the other.