Thursday, January 29, 2009

Did Adam Have A Bellybutton?

This question has been debated over for centuries and it’s a question nobody’s really going to know the answer to—ever (unless Adam decides to let us in on his little secret in heavenJ).

Lately I’ve been asking myself some deep questions. Questions about pride and love, wealth and poverty, where Jesus would hang if He came to America today? Questions concerning the church and how divided it has become—or over issues (I think) rank right up there with whether or not Adam has a bellybutton. I read a statement by a pastor the other day. He said Jesus isn’t coming for a harem He’s coming for a bride. I thought that was interesting. I think there is beauty in difference in style in traditional and non-traditional. But when are we ever going to get to the place of truly loving one another despite our differences.

I don’t claim to be perfect at this; I fail at loving people all the time. My own selfishness gets in the way of the bigger issue at hand. Loving God. Loving people. It’s not an easy fix… it maybe a simple fix… but it’s not an easy fix.

When Jesus was preaching in the temple (ticking the Sadducees and the Pharisees off to no end) a dude who knew the law inside-out-and-backwards tried tripping Jesus up by asking Him which commandment in the Law pulled rank on all the others (they thought they’d have ground for arresting Jesus on this one!).

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments… and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.”

What would our world, our communities, our personal lives look like if we actually did this?

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