I have a few random ponderings that kind of fit together and kind of don’t. I’ll share my thoughts and then let you all connect the dots.
-I was recently listening to a Podcast where this comment was made: “If you create an ‘us versus them’ scenario, God is always with ‘them.’ God is always with the outsider. The Gospel teaches that the last shall be first, and first shall be last. This truth reorders our thinking. If God is for the least, and God is for the outsider, then what is my posture towards those that are different from me?” Shouldn’t our posture to “them” be one of a generous spirit? “Us vs. them” scenarios always divide to create a winner and a loser, and that means we strive to be the winners. Instead, I prefer to live with the posture of the theological term Imago Dei, meaning we are all made in the image of God and should treat each other as such.
-Recently, a Hopester posted on social media this Switchfoot quote, saying it reminded him of Hope. The song says, “We are…the church of the dropouts, the losers, the sinners, the failures and the fools…” I really like that. Here at Hope, we don’t act like we have it all figured out!
-Good questions lead us down a path toward good answers, and just over a week ago Pastor Mark asked a really good question. He asked, “What is your neighbor’s greatest need?” Mark’s simple yet profound answer was, “to know they are loved by a Heavenly Father.”
-Just this week, a Hopester sent me the following email: “As far as Hope goes, I spent most of my life believing in God, but finding a relationship with Him unattainable. For years my prayer was literally just ‘Please don’t give up on me!’ Hope truly introduced me to who Jesus is. I want that for every person I know. I can’t imagine not loving Hope, and not fighting for it to be a place that introduces people who don’t know Jesus to who He really is.”
Imago Dei, a church of losers and fools, our neighbor’s greatest need, and “please don’t give up on me!”…How do we connect these dots?