From Paul, in today’s language, some quotes.
But God doesn’t leave it like this. He follows up his rebuke with a promise. He’s still there for his people and he always will be.
Though you are faithless and angry, all day long my hand is stretched out to save you.
Try to work with the system. If you want to pretend that you’d be better off living alone in the woods, free from the system, a lawless rebel, I wish you the best.
Some of you think it’s okay to eat anything. Others only eat vegetables. Neither should condemn the other.
God welcomes everyone, insiders and outsiders both. Who are you to judge what people wear or eat? Who are you to judge how people think or vote? Let God sort it out.
Stop, then, accusing your fellow Christians. Stop despising what’s different from you. Everyone will stand before God on judgment day. Everyone’s knee will bow and everyone’s tongue will confess. Everyone will have to account for themselves.
Judge no more. If you’re desperate to use your keen sense of judgment, use it on yourself.
Stop clogging up the path of faith with your ridiculous barricades. Jesus himself has persuaded me that nothing is, in itself, unclean. Our habits and traditions teach us to prefer one thing over another.
But if your habits and traditions aren’t helping others connect with God’s grace, then they’re an obstacle to love. Don’t let your traditions spurn someone Jesus died to save. Don’t let something that’s good for you make others curse you on their way out the door.
Encourage this and you’ll be loved by God and thanked by your neighbors. Find and follow the way of peace. Build each other up, don’t tear each other down.
Don’t build a hedge around the law.
In themselves, these things don’t matter—what you eat, what you drink, what you wear—everything is pure. They only become evil when you insist on offense. If it makes your fellow Christians stumble, let it go.
Watch out for those who like to cause divisions and thin the ranks and stir up trouble. They look for every chance to take or give offense.
They aren’t serving God, they’re only serving themselves. They deceive the simple with flattery and slickThese excerpts are all taken from Grace is not God’s Back-up Plan by Adam Miller.
I couldn’t think of anything to add.
Thoughts or suggestions?
I would be nice if you had provided the scripture references so we could compare to what Paul said.
“When all is said and done, what really matters is love.” –I Cori thisns 13
I Corinthians 13
Thank you for sharing.
I really love this — are you quoting from a translation (if so, which)? Or are you paraphrasing?
Quoting from “Grace is not God’s Back-up Plan” which is a translation with a lot of commentary.
I’ve edited the post to make that clearer.
If only we focused on the Gospel according to Jesus.
And worshiped Him instead of the COJCOLDS.