This weekend Jamie will continue our lesson series called Declutter. He will be teaching about getting rid of a critical spirit. Since that’s not really relevant in our society we can just move on…said no one ever! My goodness, we live in a world ready to pounce don’t we? Have a different stance on quarantine…ring the bell and let’s have it out online. Feel like a politician is doing less than they could or even more than they should…let the public barrage begin. See someone with a different ministry philosophy…”who’s the dead man who hit me with the salt shaker!?”

And that’s just within the body of believers!

But among you, among us, things should be different. We, the church, are called to be a distinct people. Not by being weak. Not by walking in fear. Not by jumping into every debate with immovable opinion founded on Facebook facts. But by boldly seasoning every situation with Christ-like love. 

On our staff there are some guidelines for the internal culture we want to have. One of those is “we are ladder people, not adder people.”  Simply explained it means, EVERYONE finds themselves in a pit of life now and then. We can choose to be “adder people” by piling on more and adding fuel to a bitter spirit. Or, when someone is in a low spot, we can grab a ladder and go to work getting them out. A helping hand. A kind word. A positive tone in a culture saturated with cynicism and negativity. I’m certain THAT is how Christians need to be seen living out our faith now and always.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. As a matter of fact, please don’t!

Jesus gives some pretty clear instruction in John 13:34-35. The very night he was betrayed into history’s greatest example of undeserved hardship… Jesus contradicts culture and says to his closest followers:

34So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

No doubt He is saying the same to us…even now!

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