Last night our students had a High School Musical party to countdown the 40 days left of school. They were so excited and we laughed, ate yummy food and had some amazing worship time. There was a song by David Crowder (Only You) as the song came to an end it just says….and its just You and me, just You and me. Those words covered my heart as I stood there just thinking that very thing, when I worship, its just me and Him. We talked about the movie, and how this perfect picture of high school was painted…a star player, sings, gets the starring roll, wins the girl and wins the championship! I started thinking about all the difficulties we face each day with our lives and how if life was a musical how funny would it be just to break out into a song, and bam it all works out. Last night I got a call from a friend of mine who was crying and needed someone to just sit and listen, and I did for 2 hours we talked about their past, their present circumstances and never once did I say shame on you, or question their judgement. We often times want to point the finger and say told you so, I don’t trust you, or some hurtful thing that doesn’t do any good. As a Christ follower we should be overflowing with grace, and mercy and love for others. I am not sure of where the idea came from that if we tell others what their doing wrong will help point them to the cross. This past weekend was very eventful to say the least. Lori and I arrived at my house from getting the party supplies/food and we heard this horrific squeal of tires and then we say a man jump out and start hitting and trying to pull out this woman. He was yelling at her and she was resisting. Lori ran and said call the police and I begin screaming for Richard to help….He ran across the road and pulled that guy off of her and pushed him away and say “You don’t touch a woman that way!!” He was so mad, and Adam was there to make sure Richard didn’t deck the guy….Lori and I stood their in disbelief! Now she was a prostitute, and she was obviously shaking from the lack of drugs in her system, and yet that didn’t even bother Richard. He saw someone in need and helped no matter what. Cars drove by, and me and Lori actually walked closer and stood right in front of where they were and I did nothing! I was hurting for her, and I wanted to help, yet I stood there saying to Lori, bless her heart. I read in Luke chapter 10:25-37 saturday evening and Sunday morning again, and I realized I was the person who crossed to the other side of the road and did nothing! A priest and a temple assistant did NOTHING! and then a DESPISED samaritan passed by and went to him, got down and cleaned the wound. That got me! I stood there praying, and looking on with hurt for her. The Samaritan got down in the wound and cleaned it! wow…..We have got to get pass this superficial idea that serving others has to benefit us some how. Because Richard had reacted to the situation, I didn’t think I could do anything. But after the fact, I realized that simply asking her if she needed anything, gently hugging her and offereing something would have been better than what I offered which was stares, and “bless her heart” from a distance. Nothing turns off teens and well most people than JUDGEMENTAL PEOPLE! I mean always looking for the bad, expecting the bad and waiting for the bad to happen. When we came to Christ we were made clean, and freedom came with that! We are free in Christ NOT bound by rules and regulations of being a Christ follower! I have become so passionate about this. When people look at girls with short skirts, and low shirts they say “skank” or “slut” I see someone who is screaming for attention, screaming for someone to love them, and someone who is vulnerable to the things this world has to offer. I wish everyone could read the Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus! Church to him isn’t a building, its setting up a group of people beside a strip club and going into “the wound” to help clean it, offering the love and mercy of Jesus Christ! now thats a barbarian! My prayer is that we can finally get to the point of realizing that it doesn’t matter what ANYONE thinks! John the Baptist, Paul,Timothy,Stephen,Daniel…JESUS they were not popular but despised, killed,beaten, crucified all for the sake of STANDING ALONE! so sing loud….”Its Just you and me, yes its Just you and Me” and as you stand, let the confidence and freedom that we have in Christ show others that being silent, or not doing radical “non-traditional” things…isn’t and option!
Stand Alone! “Its JUST YOU and ME, yes its JUST YOU and ME”! because you are standing for the ONE who matters the most!
Luke 10: 25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”[c] 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” 29 The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling on a trip from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. 31 “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. 32 A Temple assistant[d] walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. 33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[e] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ 36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”