I am a Christian; Jesus is beautiful. And although I have made many entries in this blog I have for the most part stayed away from religious entries. Too many people saying too many things. But this morning I have a thought that is important to me, something I think that I will be thinking about for awhile.
How is it that Christians (in USA) live as if we were part of the world? This world is not our home yet we strive for acceptance according to the standards of this world: material wealth power, prestige, physical beauty. Jesus clearly stated that he was not of this world. He explained to the disciples that the world did not esteem him and therefore the world would not esteem his followers. Jesus explained that he was from above, a difference, a different place altogether. Yet valuation is placed on churches, preachers, speakers and leaders by how wealthy, beautiful, powerful and clever they are, according to the standards set in this world. This valuation has to be fundamentally flawed.
There does not seem to be a great deal that Jesus is addressing with His disciples according to the 15th Chapter of John other than love and obedience; to obey his command - and that command is to love each other as he loved us, an all encompassing sacrificial love. I have not seen this in the religious institutions I have attempted to connect with, after all they cannot afford to be dictated by sacrificial love. I have grown bitter in the past then evolved to indifference - but indifference is a numbness to your soul, we were not created to be indifferent. So perhaps my answer is very simple, a singular solution...love as Jesus did.