Monday, September 20, 2010

Simple, Genuine, Unpretentious

"Our true identity is flat and plain, 
not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient.
The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already 
been sacrificed for the Passover meal,
and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast.
So let's live our our part in the Feast, 
not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil,
but as flat bread —simple, genuine, unpretentious. 

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 msg

"I am saying that you shouldn't act as if
everything is just fine when one of your Christian
companions is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God, 
or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory.
You can't just go along with this, treating it as acceptable 
behavior. I'm not responsible for what the outsiders
do, but don't we have some responsibility for
those within our community of believers?
God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide
when our brothers and sisters are out of line
and, if necessary, clean house."
1 Corinthians 5:11-12 msg

It sneaks in so quietly.
Tiny, beige, unnoticed.

Left in our lives,
in our communities,
evil permeates 
so quickly, so profusely.

Once it enters
everything changes.
It touches all, 
leaving its mark.

Puffing, expanding, inflating.
It changes our focus,
makes us think things 
that are not true.





Set apart.

Ready for service.

Jesus is the main course.
We are the accompaniment. 
It is all about Him.

We are salt and light to the world.
Not judge and jury.

In ourselves, we must be swept clean.
Choosing holiness and purity,
removing those who do not.

That is love.

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