Monday, August 3, 2009

the Blue Sweater

I just finished the Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz. It is an amazing love story about an extremely gifted businesswoman who is out to make a difference in the world. She understands listening and loving, empowering care to help lift others out of poverty. In broad generalities, she seems to "get" this love concept better than a lot of Christians; and, she does not even profess to be a Christian. So, why is it that some folks have such a concern for the world and others and they are not even professing Christians... and, a lot of Christians and churches don't seem to care at the level that this lady does? I think a lot of this, in America, goes back to the early 1900's with the split of church efforts in America, which is labeled the Great Reversal. Evangelicals became focused on teaching,"words" and a personal relationship with Jesus... and, other Christian groups became focused on "deeds", basically only showing good works to others.

Hmm, Jesus can you bring us back together... we need each other and we need to Collaborate in Community together as the true Church. It is pitiful when a nonChristian gets this better than those of us that claim Christian status. How can this be? Dr. Charles Kraft, from Fuller, told me he felt the greatest threat to the church today is intellectualism... that started me down a path to figure out how the church got to be where we are; and, I have learned a lot about this... So, I close, thinking we need to have a reformation, in a sense, to bring back the Full Counsel of God to our ways of godliness and justice... in word/deed/spirt & truth...

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