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Jesus again raises the stakes. It is one thing not to murder, or to censor your own emotions to try to exclude hatred. But the truth is that anger is part of creation, and is not in and of itself evil. In fact, the Bible gives many examples of righteous anger. Anger is sinful when not appropriate, but is also sinful when it is not applied where it should be.
In John 15:18-16:4 we see that Jesus is preparing his disciples to be hated by the world. The truth is, a servant is not greater than his master and if the world persecutes Jesus, it will persecute those who follow him.
Primary Claim: Those who walk in God's light demonstraste self-giving love for all other believers.
Christians are called to live like Jesus. Christians who truly embody an ethic of engagement are the best fix to our broken, isolated, sin-filled society. John's challenge to his readers, who had begun to practice escapism, rather than engagement, remains relevant to modern readers. Its an old command (and song): What the world needs know is love. Like Jesus, we are called to see, sympathize, and serve others.
Jesus said to Hate your mother and father, and everyone even yourself to be HIS Disciple. What does that even mean?
"It's OK to judge. It's OK to condemn. It's OK to write off, avoid, criticize, dislike, and even hate people whose lifestyle repulses you. The more sinful they are, the more it's permissible to bash them." Sadly many who claim to follow Christ have this philosophy. In this sermon Rev. Frankie takes on the difficult topic of how to love those that you love to hate.
What if we told our stories? Isolated. Ashamed. Guilty. Confused. Angry. Alone. Those and many other words are how many of us feel, at one time or another, in our lives. For some, "at one time or another" may be right now. Why does this happen? A simplistic answer; a War is raging and our only enemy (Satan) wants us to feel trapped in those ways. This is where the beauty of God's Story comes in. God's Story does not ignore pain and heartache. God's Story looks our fallen world right in the eye and says you will not have the last word. Because of this fact, our broken stories (the sum of our lives to a given point) can find redemption in God's Story. When this happens, our story needs to be shared. So what if we told our stories? There would be a lot less isolation, shame, guilt, confusion, anger, and aloneness. Instead there would be communities (churches) of broken people who realize their God is a God of grace and no “story” is beyond repair. Indeed, many more would acknowledge their need for help and say, “take my broken story and give me a new one”. This new story would be the same in many ways, but with a twist – the twist of redemption and therefore purpose. In this audio you will hear an individual share part of his story which includes being abused sexually as a child. Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than many realize. Yet our God is a God of redemption. May God give us the grace, strength, and compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those impacted by past abuse.