Most of my circle of friends seems to be cut from the same cookie cutter. We have the same skin color, financial status, and social causes. We worry about things like picking the right preschool and keeping our blogs up to date. And while none of us is happy about the increase in gas prices, none of us is going hungry from it either.
God recently showed me that I'm not very inclusive. As a matter of fact, I can be down right judgemental. As I become active in a truly diverse church with people of different races, socio-economic status, education, and occupations; but with the same love of Jesus, I realized I have some changing to do.
I'd been thinking about that, when I visited "Becoming Me's" blog and saw the song/video below. I try to be selective in adding videos because I know your time is valuable. Who has time to watch a 5 minute video?
But this is a good one. The song is My Jesus, by Todd Agnew (with video from the Passion of the Christ). It talks about how Jesus hung out with the thieves and liars, the poor and "the least of these." How he opposed the arrogant, rich and proud, and then asks "So which do you want to be?" wow. My favorite line says "Jesus would never be accepted in my church, the blood and dirt on his feet might stain the carpet."
I can be proud, arrogant, comfortable. Would Jesus accept me? Or would he run past me to hug the person I'm judging? Take a look around you and ponder the same question I am...
"If Jesus came today, would I fall at his dirty, bloody feet...or would I be too worried about getting my cute new pants dirty?"
Proverbs 14:31 -- He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Luke 14:12-14 --Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Revelations 3:16-18 - - So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.