"Here’s the thing you gotta love and respect about the Bible. The Scriptures do not protect the sins of the heroes of the Bible. They lay it all out for you to see their failures, their shortcomings, their rebellion. When they really blow it, it’s right there on the page. The Bible does not try to make men and women in the Bible look lovelier than they are."
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One of my favorite verses! I’ve been struggling to determine how involved and how distanced I should be from this fallen world. Today in church I heard an excellent sermon about how to walk that fine line, how we’re called to lives that are actively engaged in this world. As Christians there are two mistakes we can make in how we go about this. Either we err on the side of isolationism and withdraw from the sinners we’re called to love because Jesus loves them (and as were before we found Him), or we immerse ourselves so much in the world that we end up being destroyed by sin. Both are terrible but there is so much hope to found here too. The hope is this- we have a God who became a man and wrestled with all this Himself. He walked among men and loved them fearlessly. Despite their sin He never sinned. He is here with us to, and so is the Spirit that raised Him from the dead. He is with us every step of the way and only by Him can we walk that fine line between isolationism and over immersion. There is no other religion on earth where God loves us so much that He called us into a loving relationship with Himself, sending His Son to die so that we could be free. This is a radical, powerful love and presence that enables us to do all things through Christ. All we have to do us surrender and follow Jesus. Only when He is the center of our lives can we find joy.