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A couple of Mormon missionaries knocked on my door tonight. They were eager to engage in spiritual discussion about Jesus Christ. I chose not to enter into a debate with them about the person and work of Christ or the origins of the Mormon church.
Many Christians know that it’s important to engage those in the culture around them with the message of the cross, but they often don’t know how to start. It seems a little intimidating to hang out with those who aren’t followers of Jesus. It’s much more comfortable to do things together with Christian friends.
My wife and I saw this bumper sticker when walking through a parking lot. It didn’t make sense to us so we took a picture.
When Jesus was asked to reduce everything in the Bible to one command he said: Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. What if he meant we should love our actual neighbors? You know, the people who live right next door.
In his book Shaped by God’s Heart, Milfred Manetrea talks about the need to become a new kind of church. He believes that churches must rediscover their reason to exist:
Where do you spend most of your time?
Looking at the pile of used ballet shoes in my daughter’s room brings the realization that I would never be able to spend a day in her shoes. Then I look at her feet and I see how brutal dancing has been on each one. It’s amazing to me what dancers endure!
I think each village was meant to feel pity for its own sick and poor whom it can help and I doubt if it is the duty of any private person to fix his mind on ills which he cannot help. (This may even become an escape from the works of charity we really can do to those we know.)