Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

I am posting this because I've heard one too many priveledged, middle class Caucasian males say something along the lines of: "why do they want government handouts? You gotta work if you want money!" or "those people are taking away my liberties"

Here's my issue.

The reason any of us can work and receive a salary, pension, benefits etc is that our ancestors were given GENEROUS government handouts. Mine got a farm. Most got land, others got stipends, subsidies, sometimes houses. And now a century later someone else, just as deserving, wants the same treatment and we balk at them, turn our noses in the air, and decry the injustice of it all. How dare they ... we say

No. How dare we!

This is backward thinking that puts "us" on side with right and God, and "them" on side with  the 'lousy, lazy good for nothings' and 'not-good-enoughs'. It's not going to fly with me anymore.  I let it slide past before. I won't any longer.

We're all not-good-enoughs, and we're all lousy sinners, and not to mention lazy when it comes to the things of God. It's just the way it is. A good number of us also mistakenly think holiness and spiritual cleanliness are the same thing.We are seriously wrong on that. We can't follow God's perfect law. It's impossible. I know people who try. They are wonderful people. But also, they are lost and it's the worst kind of lost there is ... because they think they're not lost at all. In a way, they are lost in plain sight of Jesus. I'm sure these good people will give themselves the ol' head slap when they realize what they missed, which was right in front of them the whole time. But I suspect that others will go writhing into the flames, insistent that they were right even when face-to-face with God almighty.

Cleanliness is good, but you can be so clean by your own efforts that you become nothing more than an arrogant, whitewashed tomb. We must seek the cleanliness that comes from being washed by the Blood of the lamb.

What this Christian speak means is that as we seek relationship with Jesus himself as the primary point to our lives, we are cleansed from the destructive patters of living and being that destroy our relationships to one another. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. This is something we receive. And as this happens, the Biblical commands on which all other Biblical laws hang -- to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul and to Love your neighbour as yourself, will come to fulfillment daily in your life.


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