Two quotes from what I read in The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell this morning.
“The good news, which the World Redeemer brings and which so many have been glad to hear, zealous to preach, but reluctant, apparently, to demonstrate, is that God is love, that He can be, and is to be, loved, and that all without exception are His children.”
And “The World Savior’s cross, in spite of the behavior of its professed priests, is a vastly more democratic symbol than the local flag.”
Why are we so reluctant to demonstrate this truth? I honestly believe it’s because it is so difficult to give up our human ego. It’s tangible and makes us feel safe. I’m reminded of a man I met while visiting a church this past weekend. I was representing the pro-life pregnancy clinic in our town. He said, “I just try not to think of this stuff (meaning abortions being done). It makes me too angry and I just want to kill them.” I was shocked into silence and then said, “It makes me sad too.” That’s all I could say. Sitting here, twenty-four hours later, I know what I would want to say if I heard those words again. “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” “They have been deceived and our only call is to show them the love of Christ so that they know the truth of ‘Thou shalt not kill.’”
Why are we (Christians) so quick to condemn others? It breaks my heart. And then I read this one,
“If the God is a tribal, racial, national, or sectarian archetype, we are the warriors of his cause; but if he is a lord of the universe itself, we then go forth as knowers to whom all men are brothers.”
That’s where we go wrong as Christians. We read the bible, call Him OUR God, and take up His cause ourselves. We are not judges of this world. I am not His warrior, I am His child just like you, whether you know it or not. I have sinned no less than anyone else born in this world, in God’s eyes. I see the gift of salvation and I know I am not worthy of it. It is given in love and I accept it.
Everyone sins every day in a multitude of ways. Love your fellow men. They are children of God and do not realize it. I want to be an example of God’s love in every act, every word, every thought.
“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13