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Monday, February 27 2012

Matthew 25: 34-36

  I recently took a group of our youth to an overnight up in Bowling Green. It was a good time and we all got to see some of our camp friends. But on our 90 minute drive in the van one of the youth asked me about a YouTube video that was going viral, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” I hadn’t seen it so she pulled it up on her phone to show the others in the van and so I could hear it.

  The video is a spoken word poem that discusses the dissonance between the actions and teachings of Jesus and the actions of religion in today’s society.  As I write this, the video has 18,673,279 views. That is a lot of people thinking about Jesus, evaluating Christianity, and questioning if we, the Church, are fulfilling our commission to spread the light of God to the world, caring for the least of these.

  This passage makes us question if we are the sheep, or the goats? On the right or the left? How are we representing Christ in our lives? This passage makes me ask hard questions. Have I done enough? How much is enough? I can’t feed everyone, but have I fed enough? Who have I passed by and not invited into the Church. This scripture makes me question my journey. It forces me to be better.

  This video prompted a discussion among some of the youth about the things they see in the church and how these things have shaped their view of our church and the people in the church. We also discussed how we can change the view and focus of the Church to evangelize to others and fulfill the needs of our Lord. When we follow Jesus’ example and his instructions people are fed, are able to drink from the living water, are invited in and clothed in love and, as a result, the Church will grow. I pray we can have the eyes of Jesus, so we can be the hands and feet of our Lord.

Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath

Give me your eyes for just one second

Give me your eyes so I can see

Everything that I keep missing

Give me your love for humanity

Give me your arms for the broken hearted

The ones that are far beyond my reach

Give me your heart for the ones forgotten

Give me your eyes so I can see

Amen.

                                                                                                                  Adam H


Posted by: AT 12:01 am   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Comments:
Thank you Adam. Thank you for being such a fine inspiration and role model for our Youth!
Posted by Bobbe Nagy Farmet on 02/27/2012 - 12:52 PM

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