Week of May 30, 2021
Scripture: John 3:1-17
Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
(John 3:17, NRSV)
God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, so why do we who claim to follow Jesus do so much condemning?
Be clear here: I am talking about myself first and foremost. I don't think I've ever in my life mentally condemned people like I have been during this pandemic. Two of my three older children have had COVID-19 and a dear, dear friend of mine died from it, and the truth is when I see people choosing not to wear masks, I think bad things in my mind about them. I think condemning thoughts. It's not good.
Jesus did not come to condemn. He came to save. We who are seeking to follow in his footsteps are not to condemn. We are to act in ways that facilitate the salvation of all — ways that speak of Jesus, that speak of God's love for everyone.
We can't change what we can't see. We must search ourselves, name what we find, and ask God to teach us a better way to be in this world.
God is love, and we are to be love, too, and that will make for a far better world than judgment ever could.
God, help me to be your love in this world, and to forgive as I have been forgiven. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church