Resurrection Lutheran Church of Dublin
7557 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 925.828.1580
A Word from Our Pastor...
What is our heritage as Christian’s with regard to the people around us? How does this heritage affect us as individuals and as a community? Heck, just what is the heritage I am talking about? I am speaking about the love and faith God has for and in each of us as individuals and as a community of believers. It is not just our heritage, but a set of truths that with our faith and cooperation God is using to change the world we live in.
call it an attitude, but in the language of the faith it is that change of heart
that God is working within each of us by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is
a truth that pervades all of the history of the relationship between God and humanity. The first touch
point in a real shortcut version of this history is from the book of
"With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8
Two aspects of this change of heart are kindness and humility so part of it is a personal change, a change which makes us more like Jesus. In the only passage where he describes himself Jesus tell us he is gentle and humble of heart, these are the same personality traits God requires of us. The other thing God requires of us is to love justice this is difficult because often true justice comes at great personal cost. It is something we have to work on as a community, as a whole culture.
The next touch point it from Paul he tells us;
In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:25-29
This tells us who we are, we are the children of God and the implication is that everyone you meet is either already a child of God or a potential child of God. God does not plan to leave anyone out. As the children of God we are “clothed with Christ or becoming more Christ like. More Gentle, humble and more concerned with true justice, a kind of justice that our courts cannot provide for it comes from the heart. The truth that is revealed here is that God looks upon all of us equally, as the text says there is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. God has showed us that all of the divisions, all of the class, race, sexual, national or other differences are all artificial and human in origin and only obstruct God’s will and the justice we are called to love. This is a set of truths that we as Christians have been growing into for over two thousand years, and we are not where we should be yet.
It has made a difference in our world though. Attitudes are shifting, if you don’t believe it read this;
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
We are familiar with these words because they are at the heart of the freedoms we share together as Americans. They represent the same truths Micah, Jesus and Paul presented to us. Truths that could never have been held up in the Roman or any other government at the time they were first presented to the early Christians. We are making a difference.
Happy Fourth of July
Pastor Jim Bliss