Monday, July 1, 2013

"Those People"

"Those people."

That's what they called anybody they suspected of not being in their little world. Their world supposedly consisted of people and only people who believed in Jesus and submitted to Him as their Savior.

I propose the idea that they were very, very wrong in their thinking, in their perception of their reality, and in their desires... but that God used them in my life, anyhow.

They'd call us "Those people" too, I guess.

Those people that aren't afraid to get into the details of the lives of ... those people who are far away from anything good, pure, right, satisfying, whole, who pursue nothing worth spending time and money and energy on.

But, they forget or talk around so many things, like:

Romans 10:14
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

I'm not saying live like in way that contradicts that which is good, pure, right, satisfying, and whole.
But to go around proclaiming you're not one of "those people" is to commit a sin - you're stuck in pride - instead of deepening your dependency on God who is gracious and who has saved us. You're saying you're not that kind of sinner... but there are only two groups: sinners, and sinners who've received God's grace. And the sinners with grace show truth and grace, not fear and pride.

So to "those people" who say they aren't "those people" - please, refocus on the grace given to you, and quit judging people who readily admit they are no better than anyone else.

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