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Do we see only despair, addiction, exploitation, bondage and abuse, or do we see hope for life?

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in blog links | 2 comments

Do we see only despair, addiction, exploitation, bondage and abuse, or do we see hope for life?

Jim at “Crossroad Junction” has become one of my favorite bloggers. He writes about theory, but more importantly, he writes about real life. He describes what God is doing among the church in his area as an example and encouragement to others who are seeking God’s desire for them in their own areas.

His latest post is no exception. It is called “Generations,” and it’s primarily about a “third generation” church that has started in a “disreputable” part of his county.

He starts with this:

The world looks at particular communities and sees only despair, addiction, exploitation, bondage and abuse. But others in our fellowships saw what God saw – people whom He loves and calls to Himself regardless of their circumstances or their past – and decided to go and become part of their lives.

The folks who went loved Jesus enough get out of their sensibilities – not with all-too-typical arms-length programs, but with the boldness to stand firm in God’s precepts while embracing real people with messy lives.

Now, Jim’s post talks about much more than this, so I would encourage you to read it.

But, for the moment, think just about this quote above. What do you see when you look at the “disreputable” parts of your own community? Do you only see “despair, addiction, exploitation, bondage and abuse”? Or do you see hope for new life in Christ?

I also wonder… have any of you experienced “the boldness to stand firm in God’s precepts while embracing real people with messy lives” as opposed to “all-too-typical arms-length programs”? Would you be willing to share some of your experiences to encourage and challenge your brothers and sisters in Christ?


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  1. 10-22-2012

    Obviously one of your best blogs ever! ;)

    Seriously, though, thanks for the mention.

  2. 10-22-2012

    Jim,

    Thanks for the great post!

    -Alan