Jesus is on the other side

Wednesday August 3rd, Colossians 3:  9-11 Don't lie to one another. You're done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.   Every time we draw a line in the sand, Jesus is on the other side.  Every time we build a fence, whether it be literal at our borders with Mexico or with the new building material for border fences, paperwork, to keep people out.  When we build these fences, we not only do a poor job of shutting others out, we do a good job of shutting ourselves off from the savior who is on the other side of the fence.  The absolute saddest site in the world is the prison wall Israel erected with U.S money around the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem.  Every time we go to war, the ones killed, on both sides, are the children of God.  Every weapon that is produced steals bread from the mouths of hungry.  Every time we enact vetting policies designed to keep “those others” out, we are doubting the love and the divinity of Christ.  On the other hand, every morsel of bread that is shared, is shared with Christ.


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