Our Own Point of View

13 Feb

Good Morning,

Paul continues the conversation about who is in and who is out [of relationship with God].  It is interesting that much of Christian theology has been done from Paul’s world view.  He believes that Gentiles [non-Jewish folks] were allowed into covenant relationship because the people of Israel were unfaithful.  From my perspective, God always wanted to included all of the Divine’s creation in relationship and Jesus’ life and death was the way it was completed.  Of course, for Paul, everything is about how it effects the Jewish people’s covenant with God; he thinks even letting others “in” with bring Israel back.

11-12 The next question is, “Are they down for the count? Are they out of this for good?” And the answer is a clear-cut No. Ironically when they walked out, they left the door open and the outsiders walked in. But the next thing you know, the Jews were starting to wonder if perhaps they had walked out on a good thing. Now, if their leaving triggered this worldwide coming of non-Jewish outsiders to God’s kingdom, just imagine the effect of their coming back! What a homecoming!

13-15 But I don’t want to go on about them. It’s you, the outsiders, that I’m concerned with now. Because my personal assignment is focused on the so-called outsiders, I make as much of this as I can when I’m among my Israelite kin, the so-called insiders, hoping they’ll realize what they’re missing and want to get in on what God is doing. If their falling out initiated this worldwide coming together, their recovery is going to set off something even better: mass homecoming! If the first thing the Jews did, even though it was wrong for them, turned out for your good, just think what’s going to happen when they get it right!

The conversation of who is “in” and who is “out” will probably continue forever.  A favorite poem I learned from Brolin Parker strikes at the center of the issue.

“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !

from the poem “Outwitted” by Edwin Markham.

As we approach the culture’s craziness of Valentine’s Day consider it in the light of God’s amazing love.  I think what we humans due is a mere shadow.





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