Jesus didn’t just speak the healing word to lepers from a distance of thirty yards. He touched them.

     One way to recognize whether we suffer from this disconnection is to look at our concern for people who are dirty . . . people who are “other” . . . people who don’t fit the core group’s image.  The idea that a church could be called just to serve yuppies or some other designated class is not found in the New Testament.  The ravages of sin are not pleasant–but they are what Jesus came to forgive and heal.  “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).  The Spirit of God is a Spirit of mercy, of compassion, of reaching out.

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In too many places where the Bible is being thumped and
doctrine is being argued until three in the morning,
the Spirit of that doctrine is missing.
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     Yet Christians often hesitate to reach out to those who are different.  They want God to clean the fish before they catch them.  If someone’s gold ring is attached to an unusual body part, if the person doesn’t smell the best, or if the skin color is not the same, Christians tend to hesitate.  But think for a moment about God reaching out to us.  If ever there was a “reach,” that was it:  the holy, pure Deity extending himself to us who were soiled, evil-hearted, unholy.  God could have said, “You’re so different from me, so distasteful, I would really rather not get too close to you.”  But he didn’t say that.  It was our very differentness that drew his hand of love.
FRESH WIND, FRESH FIRE  pp.140-141   JIM CYMBALA
In His Name,
Snowbyrrd
    
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