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4 May 2009

Causes: How to be FOR things... not AGAINST things

Brian said something very profound yesterday at church when talking about the causes for which we each choose to fight. Christians have long made the mistake of being AGAINST things instead of FOR things. It can seem like semantics but it makes an enormous difference. It's easy to understand how we fell into this trap... because it's easy to be oppose something. Being FOR something, requires gulping... swallowing pride... and giving Grace. Habakkuk 3 v2:


LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
Renew them in our day, in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.


It's because THE (Macro) Vision is bigger than what today's assignment is (micro). It must be the context of what we do and filter by which we act/interact. We're ALL a part of the (Macro) Vision, but each of our (Micro) visions play out differently. What one sees through the Macro-goggles is a variable... and we can't forget this. If we do, we can inadvertently negate giving others the grace to live their own (micro) visions in freedom. We can judgmentally suffocate our brothers and co-laborers in a pool of, "I don't know how you can call yourself a Christian and think... (insert Micro variable here)"




Grace doesn't get much pub. But you won't rally an audience worth their weight without it... or have a mature understanding of the (
Macro) Vision in the daily comings and goings of your (Micro) vision without it. THE (Macro) Vision is not about being against things... it's about giving unwarranted favor to others who are as undeserving of it as you are... are being for things that are good (God IS good).

See what I mean about this being the tougher road? And it could very well be why many causes lay as causalities and lose steam. They suffocate themselves in a crime-scene-like pool of passion, paperwork, and pride. The sheep bleat off to another grassier cause-of-the-month field and the leaders are laid-to-waste wondering why they were not heard.

We must think BIGGER.

Grace. It's knowing that we only see a picture of the whole horizon. It's interesting... because in some ways, we have more access to understanding The (
Macro) Vision than the whys, what's, and hows of our our (micro) visions. We get to have a relationship with a Deity who cares more about being personally intimate with us than what we "do" for Him. One way or another... God's justice will prevail. The poor will have their redemption. That battle has already been fought... and won. We only really get to revel in that victory... when we worship FIRST... because we're all of, including me in writing what I'm writing, totally fallible and tainted by a mix of bias and sin.

Matthew 11: 6-10

While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. "Why this waste?" they asked. "This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor." Aware of this, Jesus said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.

He didn't say not to take care of the poor... but the Kingdom of God and it's currency works different than our logic says it should. Often, God seems to dig the foolish things and seemingly cacamamy schemes... like wasting money on worship. Like wasting time on the presence of God. Like loving your enemies instead of fighting them.

It's all good... I mean it. But this is why Grace is vital to success. Because we aren't the ones with THE answer. He is THE answer.



"I'm making plans to waste my life on you"
John Mark McMillan



1 comment:

Valorosa said...

Ah so you will be "for" those who do not attend church now ;-)

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