This Week’s Thoughts….Jesus: Calling the Marginalized into the Kingdom

It’s interesting…if you read the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, sexual immorality and homosexuality were some of the sins that were going went on. Traditionally we assume that that was the cause for their destruction, but in Ezekiel it says, “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it. (Ezekiel 16:49-50, ESV)” I’m not saying that sexual immorality is should be taken more lightly, but what I am saying is that it is not the final-all ending sin, which western Christianity have portrayed it to be. Granted is not ordained in God’s eyes, but here God judged them on the fact that they had a lot and were not willing to share with the poor. God value those who are marginalized and his people have a specific responsibility to call them into Kingdom, not just converting them….but identifying them and restoring them with truth. How are we loving them when we marginalized them with picket signs and damning them to hell?  

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Recording gang vocals this morning at The River. #openuptheroof

Always been afraid to touch one of these and always told myself I’d never figure it out. But after staring at one for 2mo I’ve finally found the courage to face the challenge. Overcoming fear one step at a time.

Christianity has started numerous wars, killed millions of people, imprisoned multitudes, but the Kingdom stops wars, loves its enemies, and frees its prisoners.
Kris Vallotton
Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Thanks for the heads up Jason and Jess. #freeicecream #friendswhocoupon

"And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” - Ex. 33:15-19

Wish I could enjoy Poland again.

My backyard #hookmountain

Nyack at its finest. #hookmountain