It is time to send the right message. There are kids in gangs
that learned from generation to generation that violence is the way
to resolve conflict. How do you break the cycle of violence that we
find in so many families of the poor.
It is time to send the right message. There are kids in gangs that learned from generation to generation that violence is the way to resolve conflict. How do you break the cycle of violence that we find in so many families of the poor. The only way is to change the peer group, find a new hero, paradigm shift, or death.
Our kids are tired of us sending them the message of unconditional love as they watch us manipulate each other and try to earn the love that we don’t have to earn. Got a dog? I bet he goes on the floor when it rains. Ours do and my wife or I pick it up and love the little creatures anyway. We still feed them even when they mess up the house. They are still faithful even when we kick or yell at them. The kicking is not intentional it just happens.
Going to church the American way flies right in the face of what Jesus taught. You might say that this is not important, our church practice is the handy work of men who have there fingerprints all over everything, and they are tainted. Then I ask, “Why did Jesus tell just men not to separate themselves into the old them and us?” While trying to figure out what Jesus was all about, the disciples had a concern for who was in and who was not. If you don’t think it is a problem today just listen to evangelical Christians as they empty their worried hearts over who is and is not saved!
Jesus says it is none of our business. The wheat and the weeds look the same from a distance. Do not try to separate them. When this party is over, I will deal with it, Jesus said.
1. It is important to create arenas were we can experience and love one another thus becoming friends, experiencing and learning to love God.
2. We are being conformed to the image of Jesus, measuring spiritual growth is important; it must be measured in the Spirit. The Spirit is not objective (we can’t see Him) so we cannot measure growth only by behavior, we should learn the heart.
Bill Habing, Gilroy