The “One For Jesus” movement
What do you live for? For some, it’s the Hollywood ideal of youth and beauty. For some, the Silicon Valley virtues of intelligence and success. For a lot, it is love for friends or family. And for some, it’s the sentiment best expressed by Rick from Casablanca that “I’m the only cause I’m interested in.” In a time like that, there is a teacher, Jesus, who washed his disciple’s feet and told them to do the same (John 13:14); who said, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13), but who also said, “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). In a time like that, may I be one for Jesus.
In our times, people more and more have begun to talk amongst themselves. When it comes to those not like us– our “enemies”– how do we come to know them? Not by meeting them and finding out, but by listening to news and to friends that tell us what we want to hear– we are smarter, we are kinder, we are better– regardless of who “we” are. We wonder how anyone with half a brain can possibly believe what they believe, but even when we ask them, we are more interested in the sound of our voices than in genuine understanding or compassion. In a time like that, there is a teacher who prays for unity, so that the world will know God’s love (John 17:23). In a time like that, may we be one for Jesus.
Topics we cover
These are some things that seem Christlike to us:
- Working towards unity in love
- Respect for those with whom we disagree
- Showing grace, rejecting legalism
- The redemptiveness of suffering / Christ’s triumph
This blog is a place to talk about things like that: how our world can be better, how our love can be stronger, how we as Christians can be more worthy of Christ.
We hope you will join us for the journey.