Why I Am So Over The Holy Huddles | IF:Equip 9/5/14

Friday, September 5, 2014

I love this passage for many reasons but it resonates personally on a much more simplistic yet so pertinent level.

Galatians 6:11-18

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!
12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to[b] the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.


The outer appearance.

I am from the South. So understand that where I grew up it was ALL about appearances. It sadly still is for many. People who looked different and talked different and dressed different didn't fare well. I hated it. Still do.

As an adult now, living in a different place, yet still the south, in my mid thirties who is absolutely in love with Jesus I can often literally feel people judging. I think it's a constant battle especially in the church (as a whole).

People ( no not all but a lot) are wary of Christian Mamma's with tattoos & noise rings. ( just sayin')

People (same as above) think every teenager who has saggy pants is a thug and must need Jesus.

People (same as above) assume that if you live in a small home you are struggling financially and if you live in a large one you have your priorities out of whack.

If your hair is long and you are a man you need it cut.

Those kids just shouldn't be wearing shorts to church.

Their music is too loud and conversely their music lacks any soul.

I'm not walking down that street or in that part of town.

And oh wow my favorite as of late: "She is so put together and pretty all the time", insert eye rolls and massive amounts of judgment on how selfish and uncharitable and irresponsible one must be to look so cute all the time. I die and then my humanness comes out and I want to slap people.... Just being honest.

I don't like big saggy pants but I love a lot of amazing people who wear them. I also love their hearts and their souls and their identity. Because where it really matters, Jesus wins. He is identity.

I don't like MONOGRAMS on everything from your beach bags to your fingernails for heaven sake, will you forget what kind of car you have? But I know a lot of women who do and they are IN LOVE WITH JESUS and doing awesome things and I could put them in my pockets and take them everywhere with me I would. Jesus is their identity. Some people monogram, I tattoo... touché...

My appearance doesn't make me less of a completely sold out lover of Christ and neither does theirs.. My tattoos don't change my character, in fact they are a reflection of my identity in Christ and a reminder to me of where HE has taken me from. My nose ring doesn't mean I've gone bat crazy and am in some mid life crisis. It's my flesh. My style, my thing...

I say all this to ask, What are our modern day circumcisions? What do we as modern day people try to force on others for them to be considered worthy enough to be heard, worthy enough to be included, holy enough?

Is it the way they dress, the way they pray, how they worship, the length of their hair, the size of their home, how much they give whether or not they sing on stage in skinny jeans or a suit? If they have a glass of wine or heaven forbid a beer? Do they not understand their children are boys and their hair should be short? They must be so self righteous to live in THAT neighborhood. Why would they want to send their kids to THAT school? We box people up so often and judge them on the flesh. We are no different than these people from days past.

We must stop building walls to divide and start building bridges to connect.

I would challenge each of us to look past any preconceived notions we have of the people around us today and give their hearts the opportunity to be seen and heard. From a devoted Mom, Wife, Friend and Lover of Jesus in the South who also happens to love tattoos, nose rings, fashion, cold beer and an occasional crazy pair of leggings or two, choose to see People like Jesus does. Choose to trust Jesus to meet you in your moments of discomforts so you can love another human being well and you just might get loved and totally blessed back... Wouldn't that be just terrible? Yes, Said none ever....

Choose the eternal value of a person over your opinion of their external flesh.

So much love for all of y'all!

Amanda


1 comment:

  1. Yes! I so want to be this big hearted and see people as Jesus does. Sometimes I find myself falling into the same judgments I was brought up with. I was someone to smack me when I do that. :}

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