God

It’s dark outside

When I was growing up in Shenandoah, Iowa, one of the fun things we did in Summer time after dark was catch lightening bugs. We’d get a glass canning jar from Mom. Then we’d seek out the darkest place in the back yard, catch some lightening bugs in the jars and watch them flicker in the jar.

Unfortunately much of our country is living in darkness and getting darker. Our culture, our politics, our music, even some of our churches are turning worldly. our entertainment, our government, our social media, every aspect of our country is bent on wiping Jesus Christ out of our memory, minds and conscientiousness. If it weren’t for professional sports and college football we’d be completely ruined as a country. And I don’t say that flippantly. I mean it. As God’s children face this upheaval we realize that this push to rid the world of Jesus is as dangerous and evil and as wide spread as it has ever been in our lifetimes.

I don’t believe we’re going to have much success impacting our world. The last time Jesus was with his disciples at the last supper the night before his crucifixion, he said this, ““A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” This is a new command, not to be added to al the other commands we already have. “Tomorrow, I’m going to show you what I mean by loving one another. And Jesus example by his crucifixion would turn the world upside down.

What does Jesus’ brand of loving one another require? The Apostle Paul tells us what loving like Jesus looks like:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (from 1st Corinthians 13:4-8)
This is what Jesus’ kind of love requires.

In this ever darkening world, our only hope is to love everyone we encounter ( even those we are at odds with) for the rest of our lives with the same kind of sacrificial love Jesus shows us.

What kind of love do we show one another today?

I’m”

When I was growing up in Shenandoah, Iowa, one of the fun things we did in Summer time after dark was catch lightening bugs. We’d get a glass canning jar from Mom. Then we’d seek out the darkest place in the back yard, catch some lightening bugs in the jars and watch them flicker in the jar.

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