Dear Christians Enough Of Your Rules
Which person here casts a stone upon this man. Who of you is pure enough to Judge?
But I see my brothers and sisters put such a yoke on others that I must speak.
As all know I am a lawyer by trade, education and experience. But I cannot practice for I accept direction not to. But I know it and have abused it as Saul was ready to do on the road to Damascus, he also was a trained lawyer knowing who to prosecute/persecute under the Law given by God.
So I write to you Americans to say to keep up the good fight. To maintain discipline in your number. But to stop this looking for those who are not modern day circumcised. To stop looking for differences and trying to apply law to exclude others unlike you.
My friend fought the good fight 2000+ years ago to get Peter and the Sanhedrin and the other legal morons, to accept the gentile that did not follow the law. Some split as now and demand a strict adherence as opposed to a Gospel of Love.
I have never met a sane man that declared that Jesus spoke to him and told him to reject a brother.
We Christians are no longer called to enforce God's will on others. Those crazy men of the crusades are long gone and buried and we have never met another that claimed to be their progeny. We are not necessarily free of the Law but we are for certain no longer charged with enforcing it.
We are charged in no uncertain terms to honor the Love that Christ gave to us:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”
How can anyone interpret that as demanding that they themselves put further restrictions on God's Law? It is right back to the pharisees. Coming up with requirements that would separate these lambs from whom declared them saved. Like stupid sheep He does not require a parade of even a baptism or even a proclamation from His sheep. "NO One can take them out of the father's hand"
There is no if, but or when here. Christ decides who His Sheep are not man. Silly man would crucify the sheep as a threat to their Sanhedrin.
So this man Accepts Christ in a way foreign to you, do you decide if he accepted Christ: right?
I have been exposed to the law and to legalism.
But thank my savior that as Saul, now Paul, I have been struck blind to the law and open to the glorious love that pervades my every fiber. My people do not follow my interpretation or even my preaching they follow love and have more bounty than any law could ever give.
The man is gay, uncircumcised and doubts God loves him. This man is my Lord's sheep, he is also a lamb. Can he possibly be left in the field with the wolves? Let God do with him what he will but I will love him and welcome him, in my home.
No man pounding on a podium or trying to scare me with eternal damnation can stop me from loving you. No person can quote scripture and convince me that children go to hell, or that raped women are adulterers.
This song says much. When will we ever learn. Stop looking at others and trying to save them, with words and rules. Love them and they shall be saved.
Let bring it all home. Are you empty enough of love for your brothers and sisters that you have room to yoke them?
I am a crazy happy guy. I got more than I need or even want (do not tell my wife) I got family in the stratosphere that love me and mine. I got an easy going pastoral calling. My bills are all paid. I did bring some home grown roses from my garden around the neighbors the last few days. And got some fruit to feed my boy, wife, nephew and me. I had some extra time, not really. I got two blankets from AmVets and gave them away.
I do not have the stinking time to judge my enemy, Hell's bells and cocker shells I ain't got time to love him first, properly that is. I am trying my best. And if I get some more free time ------ I reckon I could use it writing down some rules as to what it means and qualifies you to be saved. I do not think so.
I call Bull! I just read through all 13 pages of my contract with God, and doing rules and judging just is not in there.
I hope you consider this and decide if you are to draw lines in the sand and throw stones. As for me and mine we are busy loving and forgiving each other. You spend your time as you please.