The brokenness of humanity is often best defined in our claim to be God – to have the perfection and holiness of Christ, and to reserve the right to offer the judgement of God. Yet, we are not God, we are broken images of God’s creation in need of healing and salvation.
We are so quick to point out the faults in others, especially as it gives us a beneficial leg-up or increase in personal well-being. But Jesus refuses to engage with those who skew the Biblical word for personal gain. On which side of the proverbial line in the sand do you stand?
It’s one thing to know the biblical text. It’s another to be willing to follow it without question. How often do we engage in theological debate simply to avoid share love with those we choose to hate?
America is broken. As a nation, we are at war among ourselves. But don’t be fooled – our brokenness is not the result of our differences. It is the result of our unwillingness to see the image of God in the other.
In the flood, God intended to ‘fix’ humanity and creation. Instead, post-flood, we remain just as broken, but with God’s covenant promise to be our eternal hope and healing.
Many will claim that spirituality is deeply personal, but the Biblical claim is that faithful spirituality is most authentic when shared in the body of Christ.
We tend to act, talk, and think in ways that acquiesce to societal pressures and norms. Yet, God calls us to get past the false pretenses and live in to our grace-given gifts. It takes intentional work to be authentic, but that is Paul’s teaching on living faithfully.
The world will try to convince you that you need to be more, do more, and look better – but Paul says, you just need to be who you were created to be – perfect, in the image of God.
Even Jesus had a holy discontent for the showy and fake religiosity of the leaders in the Jewish community. Being spiritual but not religious isn’t a rejection of Christ, it’s a faithful dissatisfaction with fake Christian leadership.
The celebration of Christmas is about a reminder that the world today does not need a new savior. We have a Savior, and he doesn’t live in a gold-adorned high-rise.