Just because you disagree with someone, you don’t have the right to harass them. I do not agree with how Brother Micah has chosen to share his beliefs, but he has the right to say them. Spewing hate on someone that you say is hateful makes no sense.
“You cannot pray for an A on a test and study for a B. You cannot pray for a celestial marriage and live a telestial life. You cannot pray for something and act less.”—Ted R. Callister of the Seventy (via raisingmywhiteflag)
Isn’t it disturbing that Jesus specifically told His disciples not to submit to the leaven of Herod, not to try to establish the Kingdom on earth via political means, yet Christians today look towards their government to try to create a moral society?
Doesn’t it bother you that the early Christians, who were facing a society in which people watched gladiators die for sport and temple prostitution was sanctioned by the government, yet we whine and complain about abortion and gay marriage?
Early Christianity, with all of its problems, preached the simple Gospel of the The Kingdom, Jesus and what He did, backed up by signs and wonders, and saw the entire known world reached in thirty years.
Modern Christianity spends most of its time pontificating about America’s next president, God judging innocent people because of sin, and about how sinners are (GASP) sinning, and manages to turn most of the world off to a God who is madly in love with them.
Maybe it’s about time we put our trust in Holy Spirit’s power to transform hearts and not government’s power to legislate.
When we see a woman and immediately judge her for what she’s wearing, we need to immediately about the hole in OUR hearts and ask Jesus to help us understand why we’re needing to judge or control or dictate her value to make ourselves feel better.
Maybe she looks better in a mini skirt or skinny jeans we think we do, so we’re judging her out of jealousy. Maybe we think that God will like us better if we’re wearing more fabric than her, which is a false view of a God who loves unconditionally. Maybe that person doesn’t fit our culturally determined view of beauty, and we’d rather label her “tacky” or “gross” than have God renew our view of beauty and worth. Maybe we’re perpetuating classist or racist views we haven’t confronted yet. Maybe we’re envious of her confidence and don’t know how to have it for ourselves, so we want to make it wrong.
I know that I’ve judged women and their clothing choices for all of these reasons and I was absolutely wrong!
Clothes will always just be clothes. But people are PEOPLE and that means that they are of infinite value to God. I am amazed at the depths he goes to in order to show me my value and the worth of every single person I meet when I am willing to pause and ask God what he thinks.
"When I was a Buddhist, it was like I was drowning in a big lake, and I didn't know how to swim. I was going under for the third time when Buddha walked up to the edge of the lake and began to teach me to swim. Buddha said, 'Start moving your hands and kicking your legs, but you have to make it to shore yourself!' Then Jesus Christ walked up to the edge of the lake, but He did not stop there! He dove into the lake, swam out, rescued me, and brought me to the shore. After He brought me to shore, then He taught me how to swim, so I could go back and rescue others!"
So I was asked to teach Sunday School this week for the high school girls at my church and was so excited to hear that this week is all about the Great Commission. I was handed a packet of materials that I presumed would be helpful, but pretty much 2 out of the 10 pages were actually about the text… gotta love Sunday School teaching material… Anyway, every time I read this text, I always notice something new and exciting and just wanted to share :)
v. 17- “When they saw Him, they worshipped Him; but some doubted.”
I think it’s kind of interesting that we see the 11 disciples (Judas died a morbid death, etc.) here where they are all worshipping Jesus, probably because they are pretty surprised that He was for real, yet some of them still doubt. I mean, they have seen some really amazing stuff and yet they still doubt. I can’t knock them too much on this front because I would most likely do the same thing, but it is really awesome to know that Jesus never gave up on them. He was never like “The three of you just can’t get it through your thick skulls that I’m legit? Seriously?” and that means EVERYTHING! He is the epitome of patience and love and that gives me so much hope. No matter what, He is always with His children, trying to guide us and waiting until we get it right. Love it!
v. 18- “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’ “
Now, Jesus is declaring who He is and His victory over death and sin. He has ripped the earth from the clutches of satan and can boldly say that everything is His. Once again, soooo comforting. This sets up the next verse by establishing His authority.
v. 19- ” ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’ “
Christ has just established that He has all authority in verse 18, and now He uses that to substantiate His command to His children in verse 19. He tells us that while we are going (the word we translate as “go” literally translates to “going” or “as you go”- it is a word in action), we are to make disciples. So, we have:
1. We are to go. We are to be in the process of going. And what can stop us? Nothing
2. We are to make disciples of all nations
Now, I think that too often we think of international mission trips as the option of choice here, but would we be disappointed if Christ told us to stay within the borders of our country? Our state? Our city? You don’t have to leave your city or town to make disciples of all nations, especially here in America. It is called a melting pot after all. Just something to think about. We are to disciple believers just as Christ discipled the 12 (11 of which were legitimate disciples of His). Discipleship is something that is overlooked a lot in churches and ministries and life as a Christian in general. We need to incorporate discipleship into our lives, but that doesn’t mean that we need to have 1,000 disciples (though, I guess Christ might lead you to do that… perhaps). Jesus poured Himself into 12 men.
3. We are to baptize believers in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- I almost see this as more of a doctrinal point, seeing as Jesus describes the unity of the trinity, yet the distinction between the three. Either way, baptism = important
v. 20- ” ‘…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen”
4. We are to teach those we disciple all the things that Christ commanded His disciples
I think that we don’t focus too much on this part, yet it is so important. If we don’t teach those we disciple, we would basically have a church full of rampant babies. There would be little leadership and instruction, and the process of discipleship would stop with that ‘generation’. I mean, how do you know what discipleship even means unless you are taught what it means and how Jesus did it?
Finally, I love how Jesus ends this big, massive, intimidating command with reassurance. He reminds us that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. He reminds us that we are not alone during the fulfillment of this command, nor do we have to rely on our own words or strength. He is with us always.