Man . . . the pressure to be deep an meaningful this Good Friday is HUGE.  I was greeted this AM by Mr. Google Reader with no less than 10 folks offering some really good reflections on the day.  The pressure, the guilt, the shame . . . I must DO something now to hold my end of the pastoral bargain. 

Reflect dammit, for the love of God, reflect!

Ahhh . . . then God send me an eMail.  Well actually DAIO sent me a feed.  A news commentary titled, "What Would Jesus Really Do?" by Roland Martin and it all made sense.

Here is a snippet:

When did it come to the point that being a Christian meant caring about only two issues,­ abortion and homosexuality?

Ask
the nonreligious what being a Christian today means, and based on what
we see and read, it’s a good bet they will say that followers of Jesus
Christ are preoccupied with those two points.

Poverty? Whatever.
Homelessness? An afterthought. A widening gap between the have and
have-nots? Immaterial. Divorce? The divorce rate of Christians mirrors
the national average, so that’s no big deal.

The point is that
being a Christian should be about more than abortion and homosexuality,
and it’s high time that those not considered a part of the religious
right expose the hypocrisy of our brothers and sisters in Christianity
and take back the faith. And those on the left who believe they have a
"get out of sin free" card must not be allowed to justify their actions.

While I TOTALLY agree with Martin’s evaluation and age-old challenge for churches to get to the business of doing what Chris wants us to do, the idea that Jesus is about action and DOing I think is one of the problems with today’s  church. There seems to be these extremes of DOING versus BEING, the activists (Liberal or Conservative) versus the Spirituality Folks (Again, liberal or conservative).  Of course I generalize, but I think when it comes down to it, one side is all about action and activism and the other is all about Personal relationship with Jesus.  And while I do not doubt the convictions of either side, and while they may cross in some arenas, when the rubber hits the road, I bet each would hold their "style" of faith as MORE than the other. I think both falter because they are ultimately about the actions of faith and DOING what Jesus would want us to DO, rather than BEING how Jesus would want us to BE.

Rather than ask the questions about what to DO, we should be focus on how we are to BE which then drives all that we do.  If our spiritual selves are getting right with God, then our external actions are driven by faithfulness EVEN if it appears that we doing would be deemed as less than Godly by others.  I also think that when we strive to be like Christ in our being, the ways we look at the other changes from one of dominate and superiority of walks of faith to humility and appreciation of the ways people connect to and follow God. 

If I had my druthers, I think the questions should be framed, "How
would Jesus want us to BE so we can do what Jesus would hope for us to
DO?" But them HWJWUTBSWCDWJWHFUTD is more of a belt than a rubber bracelet.  Blasted . . . another great idea for naught.

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