Who is out? Who is in?

Galatians 2:15-16a “We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Paul writes in Galatians 2:15-21 that Christ died to make all of us right with God–all of us.  With Jesus and his saving work, none of us are second class citizens, and the call for all of us is to recognize that.  At any time we could adopt the attitude, “we are the chosen,” or “we are better,”  or “we are worthy,” to the demeaning of others.  So Paul indirectly calls us to the holy work of seeing others as equal to ourselves.

So who is in and who is out in your life?  Who would you deem unworthy?  Who would you not follow on Facebook or worse, follow but then hide their posts?  A short list might include: LGBTQ, people of a color/culture different than yours, Muslims or anyone not Christian, cons or ex-cons, welfare recipients/the very rich, the jobless, the willfully ignorant (see what’s wrong and do nothing), bad drivers, ugly people/hyper pretty people, jocs/geeks/emos/potheads/popular, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, those with better…, those who have while I continue to have not…(dollars, healing), those for HB2, those against HB2, those who still think HB2 is only a grade of pencil lead, those who post negative comments on Facebook,…(If any of these terms are derogatory, please politely let me know what the correct term is so that I can correct it in this post.  No harm was intended.)

Who is in and who is out in our world?  Who is worthy and unworthy?

As I read Jesus’ life in the gospels, I see him accepting everybody but not wavering in his calling them to a Godly life.  Jesus was and is the friend of sinners; we are called to be the same; judging less, accepting more, and calling to holy living.  Why do we do this?  Because the good news is that all of us have been made right with God through the life-giving death of Jesus.  Because the good news then goes on to include resurrection and new life for Jesus, for us, for the dead situation and relationship we encounter.  This good news is the free gift of God to us.  This is grace.

God’s peace inspire you,

Bill


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