Last night’s BlogTalkRadio show featuring David Horner, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies & M.A. Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, is now required listening for all of you who have your boots on the ground and are representing the Gospel of Welcome which is Grace Turned Outward in the marketplace. In it we discuss how Christians have a bad reputation in the world, and how we need to do something about that for the sake of the gospel, which, as you know, is good news, not bad. What we ended up with was, primarily, our message of Grace Turned Outward — a clear sign that we are on the right track here at the Catch. What is called for is for us to be full of grace towards others because of God’s grace towards us, and the way we do that is through word and deed, but much more deed than word. It’s what Marti means when she says: “It’s not the big things you say, but the little things you do” that matter in the world.
Dr. Horner gave the illustration of a parade he observed in a large city that had a contingent of atheists marching in it holding signs like “Atheist Pride” and “Hug an Atheist” (and those were the friendly ones). But even worse was a guy on the side of the street with a bullhorn screaming in the loudest, angriest voice he could muster, “JESUS LOVES YOU!” This man’s message was obviously getting lost in the delivery.
Love needs to be tangible; grace needs to be felt. It’s not the big things you say, but the little things you do.
An example of this is the way so many of you have rallied around Catch MemberPartner Tim Morris whose granddaughter is at large somewhere in the country, and our Catch Alert has created an enthusiastic flood of letters, prayers and people actually being on the lookout for Miriam. To illustrate our thoughts today, I am including a letter Tim sent us addressed to all of you. It’s what we need to be doing all the time, and that’s being, as he says, “the hands and feet of Jesus.”
To my fellow Catch community,
Let me introduce myself. I am the grandfather of Miriam.
Many of you have read and are aware that Miriam has disappeared. She is a troubled young woman of 18 that has battled all her life with Asperger’s Syndrome and is also Bi-polar. She walked away from a safe and loving home and has only left a few clues of her whereabouts since.
I want to thank all who have prayed for her and it is my understanding that many have been keeping a lookout for her as clues of where she might be headed have trickled in.
When someone says, I’m praying for her/you etc.. what it really says to me is that you care.
No one can predict how any of this will turn out but your interest in Miriam by prayers and or actually looking out for her represent exactly what being the hands and feet of Jesus is all about.
Some of you no doubt are facing situations in your life that seem insurmountable.
If you do I can only hope you have others around you to give love and support.
There is no guarantee of happy endings and many of you have carried burdens that seem unbearable. What should be guaranteed in a faith community is that you don’t walk alone. As you face your journey, may you find love and support as you need it and may we all give it as we see needs around us.
Thanks again to all that have taken an interest in our Miriam. There are Miriams all around us; make a difference to the one you see.
May your faith be honest and your love true.