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Not even close

“The work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross was not only to bring us back into fellowship with God, but also into fellowship with one another.  Indeed, it cannot do one without the other.  If we have not been brought into vital fellowship with our brother, it is proof to that extent we have not been brought into vital fellowship with God.”

| Roy Hession

Daily news is breaking, dashing my soul against stone cold faces.  Hardened heart, I am not moved by the words on the screen.  Another day, another insult.  It means nothing now; there’s nothing to it.  Everybody can do it.  Leaders and followers, there’s no need to bother with truth or integrity or kindness.

Just let it rip!  My heart falls out.  My heart cries out.  Love!  I need a pick me up.

He lies about the caravan, that the threat is approaching us.  Instead, the danger is on the inside of us, closer than we want to admit.  Because it is easier to point the finger than to point out our prejudices, fears and ploys for power.  Bait and switch the subject.  Now, what were we talking about?  What are we talking about Christians when we call people ‘invaders’ of God’s earth?

Because where does God draw the line?  How do we know who’s in and who’s out?  I guess the plan of salvation is mere lip service.  You said it.  You’re saved; now, go away.

Saved but you can’t stay.  Please don’t move next door to me.  No, go back to where you belong though we are all God’s children.  We are family, limb- siblings, fellow members of the body of Christ.

We’re saved not from each other but ourselves.  Praise God!  We are saved but not protected from those people on earth, who don’t talk like us, who speak in other tongues.  And if we can’t say this while professing to be in relationship with God, then we are not even close.

A Prayer for the “Undocumented”

Border Patrol Riverine Unit Rescues Child Stranded on Rio GrandeDear God, whose presence and power are documented on every living thing.  We confess that we are Creator- carrying members of the earth.  And You are indivisible– not a country or state to be voted in, a territory to be claimed or conquered.  There are no boundaries or borders, no entries or exits, no fences or color lines, no smugglers or traffickers of Your presence.  You cannot be hidden or denied.  Everywhere there is, You are.

We confess that no one is left unsaid, everyone You have spoken for, all accounted for, all 100 sheep (Luke 15.1-7).  God has spoken everyone into existence, a place on Your tongue means there is a place on Your earth.

Terra Firma.  Your words are not uncertain so we must make room.  Move along, move over, move past our prejudicial assumptions.  Step aside, step down.  Forgive us, Lord.  We have forgotten that the earth is Yours (Psalm 24.1).

But, the earth does not revolve around our country or culture but Your Son.  Remind us Cross- carrying members of our Savior who came down to earth as undocumented divinity and had no place to lay his head (Luke 9.58), who came to his own but they would not receive him (John 1.11).  He was counted in the census and counted as a sheep for slaughter so that our sins would go undocumented (Isaiah 53.7).

Tabula Rasa.  Blank Slate.  New Creatures.  Living Epistles.

Jesus, You paid it all while we were away from home yet not without a home.  Remind us to welcome the stranger, to entertain these angels because You are watching and documenting it all.  In the name of Jesus the Christ, we pray.  Amen.