January 6, 2011

Today and tomorrow i am working the receptionist gig at journey, so naturally i am watching youtube videos and reading.  One of my favorite worship leaders is Rich Mullins, i would really like to be the girl version of him but i think that Brooke Fraser beat me. oh well. Anyway, i am watching one of his concerts and something he talks about is really good, so here goes…

       “God seems to have a very special place in His heart for the small and for the weak, and for the oppressed and the poor of the world. I don’t know how you feel close to God, and no one i know that seems to be close to God knows anything about those feelings either. I know if we obey occassionally the feeling follows, not always, but occassionally. I know if we disobey, we don’t have a shot at it.
     “Jesus said, ‘whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers, you do it for me,’  and this is what I come to think, that if i want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who i claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way i can do that is to identify with the poor. This, i know, will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers, but they’re just wrong. they’re not bad, they’re just wrong.
       “Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and children in a perfect little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved, and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”

Geez. if i had to sum up all that the Lord has taught and showed me this past year, this might just do it. i am yearning to see a change in the way that the world views God and His love, but if the change doesn’t start with me then i need to have a heart adjustment. i also will say that a lot of people in this day and age are feeling a sort of revolution on the way and this is very exciting.

if you want to listen to something great and pretty stirring, look up a podcast by Francis Chan called Love God, Love People. it hit some serious nails on the head as well.

let’s try to be the church and love the poor and broken, it might be the craziest thrill of your whole day.

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