Originally posted by guitarplayer
See there you go the OP asked for Christians to respond and like a good liberal you felt compeled to include everyone when everyone was not invited to
the party. Please comply to the OP's request.
But ironically, and tragically, isn't that the dichotomy and the reason that we're so resented and the truths we wish to share, so reviled, this
notion that it's an exclusive club, with outsiders not only excluded, but condemned even to eternal damnation?
The Christian party is a wedding celebration involving the communion and consummation of the Spirit and the Bride as an all-inclusive all-or-nothing
proposition and invitation for which ALL are invited, where the first to refuse the invitation are those who's preoccupations and attachments prevent
or appropriation of the Great Gift, causing the invitation to go out to those who are more open-minded and willing and then
with room to spare, to those with nothing to lose and everything to gain whereby it may be said that those who've been forgiven more, love more.
The narrow minded and ignorant presumption of that poster, and their no so veiled jab, simply reveals more about their own character, than anything to
do with Christianity, just like how everything we say and do speaks clearly about who we are and how our heart works.
That said, that Christendom has done such a very poor job representing the invitation of all ages as an exclusive proposition of "believe and receive,
or, go to hell" is it any wonder that there's all this backlash? From the outside looking in, it doesn't appear all that inviting and that, my friends
is a crying shame, perhaps much worse than barbs tossed our way by atheist flag waving (what a strange concept) sycophantic naysayers, who ought to be
smart enough to see and recognize how loathsome their behavior really is, by their own words and demeanor.
We all still have so much work to do, to really appropriate what is being offered to us by God in Christ and in really getting it and taking it all
in, overflowing in love and forgiveness even to the degree that "outsiders" might become attracted to us as a pearl in formation fit to adorn the city
There is nothing repelling about the the love of God made known and transparent through the person of Jesus Christ who's invitation extends itself in
the most unlikely and unexpected, directions.
Of course it's obvious why the OP made the appeal they did, but at another level this whole exclusive club stuff isn't really in congruent alignment
with the commission we've been given, to share and preach the Good News of the Gospel to the rest of the world, one person at a time, and I just don't
see how it could be construed as a loving and open invitation to say to someone that if they do NOT accept it, they and everyone else on the "outside"
will be condemned to hellfire and damnation.
Jesus is for all people and everyone in their heart of hearts is seeking him, who is also the very best of the best of who they really are and are
meant to be and to become as children of a loving God.
So I can't condemn them or anyone, and humbly ask that they might reconsider the invitation that's being offered as a free gift that none of us are
"worthy" to receive but that is offered to us anyway in spite of ourselves, and that's FUNNY! imho.
edit on 26-8-2013 by NewAgeMan because: typo