Love people through their junk
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Sometimes I have weeks where I find the same themes popping up everywhere I look. Similar conversations with different friends, bible study, music, and just pressing thoughts on my heart when I wake up in the morning. And just like any parent has to do for their child, God has to repeat himself in many different forms before I pay attention.
I don't have a lot of eloquent words for you today. Just a simple journal entry of what's on my heart this week. And it's simply this: Love people through their junk. Forgive people for the way they behave or express themselves because of their junk. Don't run away from the people you care about when they're dealing with their junk. Listen, love, offer grace, offer kinship. Stop judging and just remember you have junk too. And it might be different from theirs. But it's no better or worse.
I've been sort of in awe this past year of Jesus' ministry when he walked this earth. In my 20 years of being a Christian, I have never been so enamored with the actual character of Jesus. With his kindness but boldness, and with his total disregard for social norms. He truly didn't care to be politically correct and I love that. He could care less what your job was. What your social status was. What your bank account looked like. What your past looked like. What zipcode you lived in. Count it all as loss, he said. It literally means nothing.
Over and over he chose to sit with social outcasts and sinners and people who were so sick that no one would dare touch their skin. He looked them in the eye. He invited them into his personal space. And when the self-righteous Pharisees gasped with judgement and shock, he said radical things to them like, If you want to be first, go be in last place; and If you want to be a leader, act like a servant; and If you hang on to your life, you will actually lose it. and I love your enemies, so you need to love them too.
Whaaaaat? It's so counter-cultural. And I love it. He exists outside of culture and sociology and laws. He is not bound by people-pleasing obligations.
So just love people (I'm preaching to myself here). Even if you don't feel like it. Even if you don't want to be associated with their junk. Jesus modeled this so well. Who am I that He would die to save me?