After looking back at that the first two posts of “Simple Christianity” and started to work out the third entry, I realized that what I believe are my closed hand issues. The things that I believe are foundational to my faith and therefore are issues that are nonnegotiable for me. The very definition of closed hand is an issue that it is an issue that can not be disputed- and with out those things, my faith is dead.
Open hand issues are things that for me will not make or break my faith- they are topics that are open to discussion and debate. It is not that I do not have a opinion or a preference, it is that I am not going to make enemies over these thing. Example of these things are worship music, speaking in tongue, etc. These are things are talked about in the Bible, yet are not black and white with a clean cut answer.
Enough preface on my part. This is the meat. The bread and butter. What all this talk boils down to… you catch my drift? This is about how these things that I believe affect and play out in my everyday life. Answering the question “So what? I now know what you believe. Big whoop.”
So here we go.
I believe that I am called to love God and to love others, I have written about this in some of my past entries. This calling is written in the Gospel, supported by the letters of the apostles. Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophets and prophecies; therefore, verifying the His creditability… I digress, I am getting off topic.
The greatest command according to Jesus is to love God and to love others. Jesus demonstrated this love through out the Gospel. Paul looked at this love in 1 Corinthians 13 (You can see a commentary here in my previous post)
I am called to love those people, but at the same time I am called to spread the name of God- the Great Commission. The Great Commission and the greatest commandment go hand in hand.
Hold up Zach, you have talked about this before. What does this, Simple Christianity look like for you?
Well to simply put this, I am called to love those around me, to be patient in my dealing with them, to treat them with kindness, to serve them with a joyful and will spirit. I means that I put my trust in a God that I can not see, can not touch, who is not tangible. It means I have to remind myself daily that this life is not all there is, that my time here on this earth is a small fraction of eternity. I am constrained to be just, show mercy and grace in face of how selfish I want to be.
To wrap it up, I believe that simple Christianity is really that-simple. It is to love God and to love those around me. What make this hard is that I am not perfect and people are not perfect and are hard to love. To love people, to love everyone is not easy. I am held back by appearances, perception of time and how I feel. I am in no way easy to love; hence, I understand how it is not so easy to love others.