The Lord has really been working on my heart again, in a fresh way. In a way that makes it break for people who are tragically lost without Jesus in their daily and lived lives and reality. I am not talking about a Fundy or any other version of Jesus, I am talking about the real Jesus in whose presence we all live, move and have our breath. The Jesus who is for us. I wrote this on my Facebook wall just now:
Jesus is not a politic, he is not a mechanism of a theological system, he does not belong to one tradition or church; he is a person for us, with us, he has chosen to not be God without us because he is love.
It is possible for real encounter with this God, particularized in the man from Nazareth, Jesus Christ. I am impressed with the idea that there are broken hurting people all over in this world, and they need a fresh encounter with this God; a God unconditioned by his political domestication, his denominational co-opting, etc. etc. People need to know that this God will meet them right where they are at, and that this God will not ask them to be conformed to a particular para-Jesus representation, or into a Fundamentalist or Liberal mold from on high; but that this God will ask them to simply be liberated through con-formation into his image, where there is finally liberty. Liberty not to be for a particular sub-culture in the name of Jesus, but liberty to be for the Father, by and from the Son, through the Holy Spirit. This God is able to penetrate whatever part of the sub-culture, whatever political identity we have been imbibed with. He does not ‘save’ us to be a Republican, a Conservative, a Liberal, a Libertarian, a neo-Puritan, an Antinomian; he saves us to participate in his life, which is what he created for to begin with.
I am tired of mentally ostracizing people simply because they are not fitted to my born reality. Jesus loves every person of every stripe; indeed, he became every person of every stripe, and by his stripes we have been healed. The Gospel, the good news, is good news for everyone; and the Good News does not call us to be for a particular church denomination, or a particular evangelical sub-culture. We have been called to be for God, in Christ—and this looks exceedingly different than the way it has often been painted in North American evangelicalism, or any evangelicalism.
I was really pressed to express this because I just finished watching one of the most tragic love stories I have ever watched (it was a true story). The context was Nazi Germany. I don’t need to share all of the details from that movie, but suffice it to say, it broke my heart, and caused me to cry out to Jesus (literally!).