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Can We Say That?

October 13, 2016
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I had a sweet sister in the Lord the other day ask me if the Church is distorting the gospel by telling everybody, kids and adults, that Jesus loves them. The question kind of shook me upon hearing it initially.

I gave her a knee jerk response but felt the need to weigh in more. On one hand I do think the gospel has been watered down a bit all the way from the children’s ministry up. Then on the other hand, the gradations of biblical love aren’t taught far enough all the way from the children’s ministry up.

This got me to thinking….can we say that? I mean honestly, can we tell children that God loves them differently? Both the parents and ministry teachers?

The love that the Godhead shares is not the same kind of love God shares with the redeemed, which is the same kind of love God shares with his creation. In fact, these gradations of love aren’t even close to each other. Much like the love between a married couple isn’t the same kind of love between parents and their children, which isn’t the same kind of love between parents and grandchildren.

Now the real question for us to ponder is do we have space for this gradation in our gospel message. Can we tell people that Jesus loves them AND explain to them the differences in his love?

A better question is can we tell people that Jesus died for them….


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A Disciple to the Demographics

October 13, 2016
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Compassion boiling over best describes my emotions as I write this blog post. And for good reason. The Spirit put it there.

I am what some could call a statistic. I have an average income; am part of an average age; live in an average neighborhood; display the average characteristics of a Black man and so on. I fit into several demographics. The type of demographics that are used to identify people groups that need all sorts of help and less sympathy.

The flip side of the coin is that I am what some could call a Christian. I have through the rhetoric of evangelicals over the last 4 years realized one key thing. Christians avoid the sinners in the margins of demographics.

Folks in churches talk all the time about believing and obeying Jesus. It sounds really good. Here’s what Jesus talked about – “I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners” (Matt 9:13). Yet it seems as if the safe and righteous people are the ones Christians flock to. Leaving the sinners in the margins left to their own devices.

Let’s be honest for a second. If we are afraid to talk to demographics that don’t benefit us, then we really don’t believe and obey Jesus. Cause if we did, we’d announce to our friends that we were sent to go not to the righteous or safe or beneficial, but to the sinners in the margins of the demographics.


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