September 30, 2018
How do you define authentic, genuine Christians? Are people like you – age, economic status, ethnicity, race, piety, political party, sexual orientation – the only ones eligible to belong?
Mark tells us, Jesus was teaching the disciples when John rushed in like Chicken Little screaming the sky was falling. “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him because he was not following us.” Notice the shift in pronouns. “doing deeds of power in your name…not following us.”
Now the problem is clear. We’ve made discipleship about doing things “our way,” when discipleship is being with Jesus and being like Jesus. We do this, I think, because we’re not fond of Jesus’ Way. So, we try to improve on the way Jesus does things.
At our 9:30 A.M., Sunday worship, in prayer, Word, song, sermon and Meal, we’ll remember that kindled by life in Christ, we no longer have any reason to view “outsiders” with suspicion. On the contrary, we’re equipped with salt and fire in ourselves to practice peace with all God’s children. But this peace-full lifestyle is not at all passive – it’s fiery and salty.