John 15:9-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Love and Joy Perfected
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.
We are supposed to be God’s friends? Us? He’s nuts! With friends like us, why would God need enemies? What idiot would want to spend eternity with me? Nevertheless, He has promised to make us perfect and keep us with Him forever. Thus, each born again Christian stands as perfect proof of God’s grace and mercy, His willingness to forgive. Who else but God could forgive us? Even me. Eternity with God forever? Me? Why?
To love each other we must aspire to God’s grace and mercy, His willingness to forgive, but we fall so far short. So it is that when I read That’s the Heart of It… by insanitybytes22, I found myself torn. had written an other beautiful post, but I think she had attacked the wrong target.
Yep, I’m speaking to all those “biggies” still bragging about how they have now saved the world by signing their name right beneath John MacArthur’s declaration of Anti Social Justice. It seems as if I am not a fan of this move, and feeling kind of bad for the 4000 or so pastors who have leapt forward to sign it. (from here)
Frankly, I am not a fan of being against things, but sometimes we don’t have a choice. Sometimes we have to point out what is wrong with a bad idea. Otherwise, people won’t give an attractive idea that is actually quite stupid a second thought. Remember that tree whose fruit Adam and Eve found so tempting. Don’t you sometimes wish you had been there to dissuade them. Yet I suppose it would not have done any good. They would not listen to God. Why me?
My last comment concerned an article provided in defense, Response to “The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel”. I don’t think the author of that response read The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel as carefully as he should have done, but I suppose that is forgivable. The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel is actually rather lengthy and involved. Why? “Social justice” is an ill-defined buzzword that Liberal Democrats use to provide an excuse for innumerable policies. Consider this definition.
noun: social justice
justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.
“individuality gives way to the struggle for social justice”
Hence the The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel includes:
- An Introduction.
- A series of Affirmations and Denials. This section includes links to a couple of previous statements on social issues and the history of this document.
- A list of Signers.
- Resources, that is, explanatory articles.
Is The Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel worth the effort and the controversy? I don’t know, but think about that usage, “individuality gives way to the struggle for social justice”. That’s the key issue. Do you want to reduce your neighbors to cogs in a machine? Would that be just?
Consider what we call “identity politics”. Many of us get our identities wrapped up in our race, religion, sexual identity, age, economic class, disabilities, and so forth. When we don’t think we are getting the respect we think we deserve, don’t we want to demand it? And what if a politician comes along spouting that vague creed we call “social justice”? What if in the name of “social justice”, equal treatment, that glorious leader offers us a law that requires everyone to respect us and give us what we want?
ME! All of us ME’s! For the sake of diversity, why don’t we — all of us ME’s — make everyone else think the same way about ME? Why don’t we — all of us ME’s — make everyone else respect ME and give ME what I want? That would be perfect, right? No? But that is the problem. What passes for “social justice” majoritarian tyranny, the tyranny of all of us ME’s.
Still, I am in no position to condemn anyone. Years ago I discovered a log in my own eye, Reviling Christian Fundamentalism, and I suppose there are others. All I can do is try to do what I should, strive to judge the behavior of others as I would have my own judged.