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What if we have been given the Gospel in order to bring us down instead of up?

What if we have been given the Gospel in order to develop similarities with the world instead of differences?

What if we have been given the Gospel in order to bring us back to earth instead of away from it?

Back to life?

Back to people?

Near to people?

Close…

to people.

Is there a difference between living for Christ

vs.

as Christ?

Is there a difference between living for Christianity

vs.

as a Christian?

Is there a difference between living for people

vs.

as people?

That is, have we been given the Gospel in order to create a gap between ideas and experience?

 

But someone will say,

‘You have faith and I have works.’

Show me your faith apart from your works,

and I will show you my faith by my works.”

James 2:18 (ESV)

 

You see, I believe that the Gospel not only enables us to be reconciled with God,

but by being reconciled with God we may also be reconciled with one another.

But how does the Church reconcile Herself with Her dead brother’s and sister’s of the human race?

By shouting at them from a distance,”Hey! Its bad to go there!”

“Hey!  Its wrong to say that!”

“Hey!  You are sinful for doing that!”

“Hey! Yeah you! God hates your behavior!”

“Your lifestyle!”

“Your past!”

“Your…..your…..existence!”

From a distance She shouts.

From a distance!

(OH!)

So many in the church have lost touch with the people of this world! And how have we lost touch?

By not relating with them any more!

Ahh!

And why can’t we relate?  Well in God’s name we tell them that we have been made new in Christ! YES! The old is gone and the new has come! Ah!

“Christ!” She shouts, “Christ! He has caused our division!  He has caused the breach!”

“Ah! We live now for Christ,” says the Church.

 

Yet…

 

“…the scribes of the Pharisees,

when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors,

said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’”

Mark 2:16 (ESV)

Hmmm…

What have we done with the Gospel?

What will we do with Ecclesiastes?

For we have been given Ecclesiastes in order to push us into the world so that we might see things as they are and:

Share the universal mystery…

Feel the unified lament…

Relate with the all-inclusive insecurity…

Embrace the pandemic problem of death.

We have been given Ecclesiastes in order that we might be…

close to people.

As my Lord was…

Who shared in the instability of this world…

Who was crushed under the will of God…

Who had his life cut short….unjustly…

Who draws near…

Who shares in difficulty…

Who experienced rejection…

Who sympathizes with our weaknesses…

Who knows pain…temptation…

Who in every way walks with us in our daily experiences in this world…

Who was close…

 

And behold,

a leper

came to him

and knelt before him,

saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”

And Jesus stretched out his hand

and touched him…

Matthew 8:2–3 (ESV)

Perhaps we have been given the Gospel in order that we may tell people what it is to be human.

Can you?

Are you even close?