Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Forgive Us, O God!

I was saddened to hear about the murder of a doctor who was known to perform abortions.  He was in church at the time of his murder.

It breaks my heart to realize that while I have been critical of radical Islam, there are people who think they are doing the will of God and pleasing Jesus by murdering those who commit the immoral.  It really leaves me little ground to be too harsh toward those misguided people who commit other atrocities in the name of Allah.

As Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy, and it is us."  We Christians have been our own worst enemies when it comes to spreading the Gospel.  

We've done it through making abortion and homosexuality our two societal concerns -- rather than also being compassionate and responding like Jesus to the condition of those around us (yes, even when that condition is self-inflicted).  

We have done it by making people think that Jesus would vote a certain way.  

We have done it by majoring in minors -- and fighting among ourselves.  No army that fights itself is going to win the war.

I could go on and on.  But my prayer is that Jesus might pour cold water over us and wake us up!  That HE might be THE issue!  And that the perfect love of Jesus might be manifested in His people.  

O God, let this happen!


Jeff said...

Satan has done a remarkable job of convincing us our problems are with people and not him. He has been spectacular in making our focus those who appear to wrong us while he is the one who is really behind the problems, the sin, the battles. We have got caught up in the symptoms (our position on doctrine/our focus on the effects of sin) and not focused diligently enough on the problem (satan and the sin he urges us towards).

God, help us see that the problem isn't the abortion doctor, the homosexual, the drug addict, the music...God, help us see that the problem is satan and the condition of our own hearts. Help us remember that sin will be judged by a greater authority than ourselves and that you have set us here not to judge but to love; love with compassion and mercy and truth, to love with your heart and your eyes and to teach the good news with the joy only you provide.

randy said...

I am very pleased to have you two guys as my brothers.