Oh, Come On!
In this week’s talk Jay asks us to make the decision to risk! To not toe the line. To think differently. To challenge ourselves. The world is a different place now. We’re not the same church found in Acts, found in the New Testament–so where does that leave us? Is it time for a change? To look at things differently, to not be so polarized. Jay dives into the book of 1 John. A book that he wrestles with a bit, and shares some of that with us. But he wanted to toy with the aspect of limiting our magical thinking when it comes to God and Jesus. Not fully, but just to see what is left when we shift the focus. To do this so we don’t get so bogged down in legalism. To test the spirit. To question thing and make sure it all holds up. To live life on life’s terms and see the Bible through that lens. To explore the concept of love and what happens when we love others and when we are loved. To explore Jesus’s message and to see if it was more about what he was against…or was his message about hope? Is our love real or is it counterfeit love? God is love and love gets passed on. As followers of these teachings do we provide a place where love is felt or fear is felt? Can love cast out fear? If we’re in the presence of love are we also in the presence of the infinite? We have to remember that whenever the Bible talks about love, it’s talking about a love we understand and have already experienced in our lives. Let’s focus on that. Let’s share that. And while we do that it couldn’t hurt to also discuss Sinead O’Connor a bit as well!
This talk was given on October 02, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.