I know some believe me to be naive. Some view me as over-positive. Others see me as never having a discouraging day. Well, let me tell you I have plenty of bummer moments and that's precisely why I am so pumped about faith and hope and love and encouragement. We need it! I need it! God wants us to have it....Hebrews 10:25.
I finished my day, indeed, very sad. I attended a funeral at a high church denomination. The sudden loss of this middle-aged friend was squarely overshadowed by the completely empty and methodical ritual we all endured called a funeral. It was unmistakably absent of heart. Everything was a well-orchestrated officiality with zero feeling. There were no tears, no laughter, no emotions, no charges, no reflections, no nothing of meaning. I'm not exaggerating. It was an empty hour.
I sat there thumbing through the manual counting the number of recitations yet to be made; first by the officiator followed by the audience. It made me reflect on Jesus and how far have we, in religious orders, smothered his bright eyes and bouncing step with church foo-foo. No wonder nations leave God. They've understood Him to represent motionless, actionless, heartless, and useless religious repetitions and they got to where they couldn't take it. They quit because they died on the way to their death.
I encourage you that, as usual, I had a good day in the center of my bad afternoon because I had another vision of what good news Jesus is. I am so thankful there are a great cluster of believers roaming earth today who love and adore a Man who lives both There and Here! I love it that Jesus rescued us from lethargy! I love it that Jesus insists we abandon our own man-made doctrines.
Well.....I think I feel better just getting to tell you about it. It grieves me to see precious hearts assume cold, damp church buildings are an exact reflection of God. He died to get us off of dead-center. Don't you feel refreshed by His blessings and actions day after day and week after week?
We need Him. He wants us. May we find ourselves renewed to fight for the ideas that matter and love all of the people in the process.