The View From Here

Responding In Love

Last Friday was a big day for our nation. The United States Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states. I am deeply grieved by this decision and saddened to see the way our nation is embracing and celebrating this sin. I am also grieved by the responses I have seen and heard, both on Facebook and in person.

In light of this I would like to offer a word of advice to all of my family and friends who read this. Think carefully about what you say—about the message you are sending. What are you communicating to those you say you love?

For my brothers and sisters in Christ, think carefully about the Gospel message. Does your response, post or comment promote or push people away from the Gospel. Our mission statement at Mountain View Baptist Church is, “Passion for Christ, Compassion for People.” This is rooted in Matthew 22:36-40 in which Jesus answers the question “What is the greatest commandment?”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.”

This command comes in two parts, the first of which is to love God. Jesus came and died for our sins, all of our sins. It is my hope prayer that everyone who reads this will come to know Jesus, and develop a true passion for him because he is truly what life is all about.

The second part of this commandment is to love people. Every person who walks on this earth is loved by God, therefore, we should love them too. We should cultivate and grow meaningful and positive relationships that are rooted in love. We should use these relationships to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians we are called to be all about relationships. We exist to be in relationship with Jesus, not just to follow a set of rules.

So if you can’t respond to the recent events without heaping shame or condemnation on others, or without being self-righteous, you fail to love God and people. Or, perhaps you feel a deep sense of responsibility to stand up for God and to protect his interests. Well, here is something to consider: He doesn’t need to be protected. He is the creator of the universe, and He is not caught off-guard by anything the universe can throw at Him.

Think carefully about what you say my friends.

We will have plenty of opportunities to share our thoughts, feelings, and opinions on this issue, but we must remember to do so in love. When we speak about this issue in love, we will find awesome opportunities to share the gospel.

 Think back to what you have said over the past week. Was there anything that not rooted in love and in the message of the cross. If you have said something that was not 100% loving towards others, apologize, make things right, and find a healthy and loving avenue to discuss this issue.

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Are You Scared Of Disasters?

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Ok, call me a sicko, but I’m fascinated by natural disasters.  I never want to experience one, and I would never wish it on anyone else.  But if I see a hurricane, earthquake, erupting volcano, tornado, or any other natural disaster on TV, I am hesitant to change the channel.  What is it that attracts sickos like me to natural disasters? 

I don’t know for sure, but when you think about it, natural disasters are truly fascinating.  They are elusive, often spontaneous and merciless, and they can destroy entire cities in seconds.  They are absolutely fascinating.

 Let me ask you a question.  Have you ever had people or situations in your life that were like a natural disaster?  You know, that person you encountered, and then with little or no warning they slammed into your life causing catastrophic damage.   Maybe it was your boss, or a co-worker.  Maybe it was a friend, neighbor or even a stranger that seemed to come out of nowhere and turn your life into rubble.

 Perhaps, you have had something bad happen that left you broken and desperate.  It could have been a car accident, the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, personal injury or a financial situation that got out of hand.  There was nothing you could do about it.  It could even be something where a stage 1 natural disaster escalates to a stage 5, like a troubled marriage, your children’s behavior, an addiction or something from your past that came back to haunt you.  

 Experts tell you in order to protect yourself from a natural disaster you need to get to the safest room in your home, get face down and cover your head.  Do you know what you should do to protect yourself from people and situations that come into your life like a natural disaster?  

 

You do the same thing…you get to your safest place, like your home or church, you get down on your knees, cover your head and PRAY!   

 This is something King David understood.  He prayed all the time.  In 2 Samuel 22 we see David responding to several disasters in his life.  At the end of the day, David praises God through the storms of life.  David’s God was bigger than any storm or natural disaster that came his way. 

 I firmly believe the Lord allows us to go through storms and disasters in our life to draw us closer to Him and develop the integrity and character He wants us to have.  The most important thing to remember is to remain connected to God.  Trust Him in the storm and He will get you through it. 

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