Friday, July 11, 2008

Off to Canterbury via London

Prayers invited for safe travel.

To keep up with "when who's going to be where", keep your eye on the Integrity Lambeth LGBT Web Portal ... and pray for the church.

All of it.

Even the crabby bits of it where people think bad things about us and wish us ill.

And why should we pray for "them?" Because the question is not "What Would They Do" but "What Would Jesus Do" ... and he told us ... in Matthew 5:43-48 ...

Jesus said, "You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.

When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.

If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

"In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you."


Here endeth the lesson.
Here beginneth the Journey to Lambeth and back!

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