My ultimate point is this: There are times in our lives when we can claim we don’t know the whole story. We are like little kids. So we go to school and learn, hopefully so that we can be responsible adults. But now, here we are, all grown up, and still acting like children, thinking the world is about us and our salvation. But God’s attitude was different. God owns everything. Yet God gave up everything, allowing us to share in the divine. God is guilty of being the communist or the socialist that you hate so much. And it must be frustrating that the scripture tells us all to be as much like God as possible. Remember, “be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect?”
Yet here we are. You are STILL God’s beloved, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, so you can still say, “Daddy! Dad!” But you aren’t little children anymore. Grow up. Give of yourselves before it is too late.
Before you were Christians, you did whatever you wanted. You lived a selfish life. Now however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to serving those selfish desires, which really make you a slave to yourself? How can you want to be a slave? You go to church all the damn time, celebrate Easter, Christmas, and even go to Bible studies! But I’m afraid that you are wasting your time.
Listen, you have not done me any wrong. I bear you no personal ill will. I remember worshiping with you. The tears flowed, voices were lifted, and for what it is worth, I still consider all of you to be friends. But just like me, I hope you are able to see past the good feelings and see instead the danger and harm that is below the surface. There are those among you that would have given the shirt off of their backs for me. And some did. There are those who daily put their lives in harm’s way for others. There are those among you that are some of the most humble, loving, decent people I have ever met. And it is for those people I am heartbroken. Because no matter how many of those are in a church, the mob mentality of thousands of selfish people who vote with their wallets will always win out.
My spiritual parents, I wish I could have stayed in the house until Christ is formed in you, I wish I were present with you now and could change my tone, but I can’t do it anymore.
Tell me. What happens when you are fired and need a job? What happens when the 10% unemployment includes you? Who will pay for your big houses? Not the church. Who will help you? Probably your families, right? But what about those who don’t have any family? What of them? Those who have to move their families into shelters? Aren’t we supposed to all be ONE family? Good luck trying to get water from that stone.
Now this might interest you: These two rulers represent two different ways of being a king. Both were called the Son of David. One king, in fact, is Solomon, ruling from Jerusalem, who built a magnificent house for God. He used the best material, the best artists, and the end result was simply amazing. A work of art. The other king is Jesus. Jesus ruled from no place. He wandered around. He was among the people he ruled. He too built beautiful things, but not with materials. He invested in people, talked with poor, unclean folks, as well as the rich he happened upon. Solomon spent every night in luxury. Jesus never spent a single night that way. Solomon had a wife for every day of the year. Jesus has only one love – the world. Solomon is said to have been a terrible burden on the people. Jesus said his burden is light. Solomon used slaves, SLAVES! to build the temple of GOD! Jesus sets the slaves FREE! Don’t you get it? Who do you think the real king was? Who was the better Son of David? Even those who you emulate in the Bible are misunderstood by you. Turn to Jesus. Get your message and your mission from him, not whoever seems right to you at the time, whether it is me, Paul, or anyone else.