And We're Imitating The Wrong Guy, Too....
"Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly beloved children."
When I think back on how Jesus treated people, I have to scratch my head over some things that our "Leaders" have done. When Jesus talked with the woman at the well, what all did He tell her she couldn't do because of her sinful lifestyle?
I don't recall anything.In fact, this oft-divorced woman, living with a man not her husband, and a Samaritan, seems to have become one of the earlier missionaries to her community.
Then of course, we have the woman caught in adultery. What did Jesus tell her she would be prohibited from doing?
Right. He told her only to go and sin no more.
When I look at God and all the instructions He passed down in His Book, one thing BOOMS OUT, loud and clear. God is redemptive, loving, and restorative.
He takes the self-confessed worst sinner of all time, and makes him the author of a whole lot of our New Testament. That's what God does!
And He never, EVER goes back on His promises.
Wade Burleson put up a blog post this morning, here, that's reminiscent of the same Seminary President's treatment of a lady Professor who was denied a position at the same seminary simply because she was a woman. Just as she was when she completed her Doctoral studies and received her degree from the same seminary!
Uhhh .. correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't God Himself appoint female Judges, Prophetesses, and Queens when He was handling those things Himself?
Didn't God tell Hosea to "Go and marry a promiscuous wife and have children of promiscuity...."?
Is that the same God we're supposed to be imitating?
On the other hand, we have pharisees. They didn't seem to be doing that, themselves.
Neither do some of our supposed "Leaders", either. And we wonder why the SBC is in decline.
Correction: I don't.