Sisters in Spirit: All Aboard the Love Train

August 28th

Sisters in Spirit is a series of blog posts by a group of women who felt that a spiritual perspective was lacking from the steady stream of news and information that flowed through their daily lives.  They each agreed to carve out a space on their blogs on a monthly basis for a spiritual conversation. 

The topic this month is: the Christian community.

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 Oh, Christians. We need a new marketing/PR team. Our worst examples are getting the most attention, and what a fool they make of all of us.

You won’t read in the news of the team of Christian volunteers in downtown Denver who work their fingers to the bone every day, packing as many food boxes for the hungry as they can. The line wraps around the block most mornings.

We are too busy defining rape.

You won’t see a Time feature on the Christian nonprofit in Colorado whose mission is to repurpose used medical equipment that would otherwise be destroyed. They see these instruments are delivered to hospitals in need worldwide.  They save lives, not by evangelizing, but by doing good deeds.

We are too busy debating our own needs.

There likely won’t be a documentary on the team of Christian women in the US who’ve decided to make it their priority to adopt children with HIV. Because someone needs to be the advocate for the least of these – and at the expense of their own great heartbreak, they’ve taken on the task.

We are too busy being violent.

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My community in Christ isn’t an exclusive club. There are no monthly fees or restrictions. I take my direction from the top:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:34-35

As long as our community of faith continues to act superior and exclusive, we will fail the ultimate commandment — be loving. And while on this soap box, this means be loving to homosexuals. To felons. To the cranky neighbor who plays his music too loudly. To the uncle who makes you question your genes.  To Dick Cheney. (God obviously has a sense of humor.) To modern day literal and figurative prostitutes, lepers and widows. To your personal Pharisees.

{And to be clear, Jesus didn’t say be tolerant or condescending. He said be LOVING. Shake it up. We all have groups we aren’t so loving to. You’ve got the internal tools to follow this commandment. Now is the time to get on the love train. Yeah. Even Akin, who I’d like to legitimately punch in the face with some love this week.}

God is love. This is my faith. The world is my community. There is a lot of work to do.

~Kelli

 

I hope you continue this conversation by reading and commenting other perspectives on Christianity with my other Sisters in Spirit. Become part of the conversation:

Rebekah is a blogger, amateur photographer, and missions volunteer with Adventures in Missions. A lifetime of being a pastor’s kid, attending church regularly, and a private Christian school education gave her a lot of knowledge about the nuances of theology without a lot of faith. Now she’s trying to figure out how faith and theology applies to her relationships and daily life. You can find her online at www.honeysucklelife.com

Sarah is municipal attorney, mom to a toddler boy, and United Methodist’s pastor’s wife.  (She does not play the organ.)  She is a life-long Missouri girl with a heart for hospitality and social justice.  Sarah enjoys cooking, running, knitting and embroidery, reading, and playing in the sprinkler.  Sarah blogs at www.beautyschooldropout.net 

Bianca is a newlywed Navy wife from the great state of Texas (where she coincidentally currently resides), and she and her husband are expecting their first child in late summer. She has a passion for serving others, asking hard questions and sharing The Gospel with both her words and actions. Bianca loves Jesus, her hubs, authentic friendships, traveling, making lists of all kinds, and trying new recipes which she blogs about on BecomingBianca.com.  

 

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5 Responses

  1. Only in the spirit of genuine understanding and discussion do I ask this question: What does it mean to love? Obviously, making judgmental remarks about someone based on their beliefs isn’t loving, right? I think we agree on that. So, in taking lessons from the top (I love that), do you use the Bible to try to do as Jesus did? It reminds me of a children’s song sung at my church. I go back to it sometimes when guiding my own children in their decisions:

    I’m trying to be like Jesus. I’m following in His ways. I’m learning to love as He did, in all that I do and say. At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice, but I try to listen as the still small voice whispers “Love one another as Jesus loves you. Try to show kindness in all that you do. Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought.” For these are the things Jesus taught.

    Thanks for another inspiring post. 🙂

  2. Yes, yes, yes. Thank you for sharing all these stories – this is the beautiful and caring side of Christianity that gets overshadowed by the idiot-of-the-week spewing hate in God’s name.

  3. Melissa August 29, 2012

    I really needed to hear this today – thank you for the message of love!

  4. Amen! I think you are right – the great deterrent to Christians making the impact we should is all the crap in the world distracting us from the mission: to love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as yourself.

    What happened to the love? Clearly it’s been replaced with selfish ambitions, hate crimes, isolation and an overall drive (at least here in the USA) for more stuff. Since when did we let stuff replace others?

    I agree – this world is our community and we have to be out in it, amongst it, to really make the impact we claim to be on mission for. Great perspective!

  5. Amen! Listening to the GOP convention tonight was so disappointing when issues of faith and religiosity came up. I just feel SO SICK when in the name of God, people openly criticize, ridicule, and disrespect other fellow human beings. How is that godly? How is that perpetuating Christian values? This political season is going to kill me!!!! Maybe I can “Pray the politics away”. It’s ok to disagree, and even to be openly Angry but I just wish it was done in the name of one’s own personal convictions rather than saying its in the name of god and defending the faith!

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