Have you ever been a stranger in a strange land? Have you visited a country where the language and customs and culture were different? How do people feel when they visit your church? For in some churches there is a sense of alternate reality that only applies in that location and to those who belong. Even if you can move seamlessly between church culture and the culture at large those who are only familiar with one will feel out of place in the other. Who should assume the burden of bridging the gap and making feel welcome? Obviously this falls on those within.
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Do you like getting gifts in the mail? But isn’t it better to spend time in person with the people who would send you gifts, even if they arrive in person without bringing a gift other than their own presence? This would indicate that you are more relational than materialistic. What about gifts from me? Do you see the sun and the rain as gifts from me, that I send on the just and on the unjust alike? This could be extended to all provision. In continuing the parallel to gifts and presence above, do you see a difference between my gifts and presence?
When you hear of someone who is moderate in his faith, what do you think? Do you consider this to be the description of someone who is weak in faith and lax in behavior and observance, in contrast to a fervent and flaming zealot? But the Bible commends moderation. Can you be moderate in your temperament and demeanor and still be devout in your belief and practice? Perhaps this is a good thing, especially if you contrast it with extremism. Can you be extreme in your demonstration of love for the least of these, and moderate in your own appetites, habits, and conduct?
You are familiar with the general commandments for all believers to love everyone and to declare the good news of the Kingdom to every creature. Which of these do you find to be more difficult? Do you find it hard to care about people, particularly when they don’t care about you? At least you understand what I expect. I mentioned those who have their reward, who get something in exchange for what they give. This is the transaction model that is so familiar to those who live in a world of commerce.
What did I ask of those who responded to my message? All I asked is that they follow me, and this is still true. Yet I told the rich young ruler to sell all that he had and give the money to the poor, and then to follow me. Was I placing a burden on him that I didn’t expect of others? I could see that his possessions were an existing burden that he could not bear and follow me at the same time. So following me may require a realignment of your perspective and values, and of your situation. This requirement was not general, but specific for him.
Do you remember the story of the scapegoat from the Old Testament? The sins of the people were pronounced upon a goat and it was driven away. You may point out that this practice has been done away with in the Christian faith, according to your understanding of redemption and atonement theology, but the word has still entered common vocabulary. Do you think this is no longer practiced? What about churches that pronounce all the evils of society upon atheists, Muslims, gays, or even those of different political opinions and ‘drive them away’ as those who are completely outside their group?
Which is more important to you, time or money? When you go to church do they ever have a stewardship program for time? Yet I regard your time more highly than your money. Money can be abstract and applied at a distance, even for good causes, but time is immediate and present. When you give of your time it is more personal than giving of your money, and it is an equalizer for which there are no rich or poor. How you spend your money is an expression of your character, but so is the way you spend your time. I alluded to this when I told my disciples that their time was always ready.
Are you joyful? Is this obvious to people around you? Children don’t have to be taught to express their joy. You can read it on their faces quite easily. In many cultures and churches the same expressions are discouraged in adults. Do you belong to one of these? Does this suppression enhance or diminish your life? Do you find the expression of joy by other people to be uplifting or embarrassing? Your response to this may make you self-conscious about expressing it yourself. Self-consciousness and suppression do not serve you well. Find a way that you can make a joyful noise to me!
Are you happy when you are hungry? Have you found that other people are grumpy when they are hungry, and lacking energy and interest in anything besides food? Could this be true of you too? The same thing goes for thirst. But I tell you to hunger and thirst after righteousness. I go beyond this and say that those who do so are blessed. Why is this? For hunger also focuses your attention and serves as a motivator to seek fulfillment. You seek what will satisfy your appetite, and everyone has an appetite for something.
Are there self-righteous people in the world? Are you one of them? How would you know? You may recall from my encounters in the Bible that those whom I considered to be self-righteous didn’t think they were. And so it is possible to have this problem and not be aware of it. The same Biblical accounts indicate that this is a serious matter worthy of investigation. How can you find out? You could ask your fellow believers to examine you, but they may be too close to be objective, since they may have the same log in their eye that you have in yours.
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Have you ever wished you could just sit down and have a long talk with the Lord? Wouldn't it be wonderful to move beyond having a theology that states that God loves you to actually hearing Him whisper words of love into your heart? When you're worried or confused, wouldn't you love to see the situation from His perspective and hear how He wants you to respond? When things don't seem to be going your way and your prayers aren't answered the way you had hoped, wouldn't it be great to hear Him tell you where He is in the midst of it, and what He is working out in your life? Are you ever just a little bit jealous of others who say with such confidence, "The Lord said...."?
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