Acts don’t fit religion

Acts don’t fit religion

KEVIN TENGESDAL Bismarck Aug 15, 2015

Recently, religious institutions appear to be heralding a separation from all things they deem offensively gay — marriage equality, Boy Scouts, anti-discrimination, lifestyles, etc.

Biblically, the initial plan was of creating a holy people separate from other nations, unique for God. Through time, these people began creating their own human-devised laws to design walls to protect their self-serving holiness from corruption. However, this was not drawing outsiders into a relation with God.

Therefore, God sent his son in human flesh to live amongst us, to show us as a servant, the great love, grace and mercy of God without judgment. Jesus showed us how to include and serve those religion deemed less-than. He stooped down to wash feet. He ministered with those the religious authorities deemed unworthy, unholy. What was Christ’s core message? “Love the Lord your God with all your passion, prayer and intelligence.” This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: “Love others as well as you love yourself.”

We are to be amongst others and be Christ’s witnesses for his gospel. We should not remain isolated from the world. We must stand in the gap for the less-than, knowing we all are equal. That to me is the gospel of Christ, to not place my gospel or my church higher, but to try to serve, to try to stand in the gap, and be Christ’s witness.

With fear of sounding judgmental, my depths shudder when those who use their gospel to drive away instead of drawing people to God’s grace and mercy.


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