Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Missing the Big Picture?

Peace and Blessings,

As soon as the devastating events in Haiti took place, I was both shocked and outraged to hear that some Christian leaders were speaking on the current situation in Haiti as if they "brought this on themselves." A while back I talked about how I think there are "critical points" in the Christian walk where how we as Christians choose to respond can have significant implications as to what we are focusing on at that moment. In the earlier post I was referring to the incidents involving some Christian musicians, and now I feel like that "blame them" response to Haiti is another example. During a time when Haiti needs the love of Christ and of His followers the most, some leaders decided to blame the devastation on them. I found so many things wrong with this assessment that I do not have time to list them all here. The main point I want to get across is that it is responses like these, those that are rooted in passing judgment and viewing ourselves as "better" than others, where we miss the big picture, and contribute to some people's notion that Christianity "is not for them."

As a result of these comments, the radio station K-LOVE received many responses from Christians throughout the country expressing how they felt about the comments. In light of these comments, they interviewed a pastor who reminded us of the big picture, and why the "blame them" approach hinders the our ability to show the love of Christ to others.

Feeling as though God was speaking to me through my reaction to the "blame them" response, I began thinking about the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, as visually depicted beautifully by Earnest Graham. By reflecting on this parable, I am reminded of how at times it is easy to condemn and judge others and how difficult it can be to simply love them. Regardless of this difficulty, however, Christ calls us to love God with all our heart AND love others as we love ourselves. The two are inseparable, and the more we focus on them as being inseparable, the more receptive people may be to the love of Christ.

What do you think? Take care and speekonit...

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