Walt Kelly’ Pogo always had something wise to say. Frankly, I don’t know that he had exactly what I’m about to say in mind when he created the famous scene above, but, hopefully he wouldn’t disagree.
In my most recent series on John 3:16, I took brief looks at what I thought were the most pertinent concepts within that singular piece of genius teaching. As I have ruminated all of that over the past week or so, I’ve come to the conclusion that God is doing His part in our relationships with Him. He’s right here, calling us by name. We are the one’s who do not respond and grab on to Him for dear life (c.f. “….Jesus and Mary Magdalene at The Tomb”). As such we are our own worst enemies.
Yea. I mean “we”. I totally include myself in this at least as much as anyone else.
I’m not even sure what to do about it. I have some ideas. Doing more in the community to demonstrate God’s Love. Even more that rounding up people in our churches to so en masse. Seriously. Church is a waste of time if we don’t act out our faith. That is not being a Christian. I don’t know what it is. At best it makes one a fan of Christ. At worst, it makes one a liar and a hypocrite, a sham. Yep, I continue to talk about myself as much as anyone. And the adversary continues to snicker in the background at all of us. And preachers and pastors and teachers reading this, that means you too. We are all included in this. Nothing we do on any given Sunday matters one iota if it doesn’t translate into actin on Monday, or better yet Thursday or Friday.
Church leaders need to lead in this, I think. That’s what it means to be a leader. If you don’t go anywhere, there’s nothing to follow. Right? This, “I tell my flock to…” or “They know they have my permission to…” stuff. Jesus used the term “sheep” as more than just a tool to connect to His audience. We are sheep. Left to our own devices we are going to wander around aimlessly looking for something to meet our current needs. We get lost and fall down and need some one to find us and pick us back up. But more than that, we need a shepherd to lead us in going and doing. If it’s not you, it will be some one else. That’s what sheep do. They will follow anyone when the shepherd is not around. I know I have experienced this phenomena with real sheep.
And we sheep need to wake up and be willing to get our proverbial hands dirty in the muck of the world. We need to let our actions speak for us. We don’t have anything new to say anyway. I think it’s time to put up or shut up. Me too. I don’t know exactly what this will look like, but I know that hate mongering against anyone is definitely not being a light of christ’s love to the world.
I for one am open to suggestions.