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Bono May 29, 2009

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There it was in Leviticus (25:35)…

‘If your brother becomes poor,’ the scriptures say, ‘and cannot maintain himself…you shall maintain him…. You shall not lend him your money at interest, not give him your food for profit.’

It is such an important idea, Jubilee, that Jesus begins his ministry with this. Jesus is a young man, he’s met with the rabbis, impressed everyone, people are talking. The elders say, he’s a clever guy, this Jesus, but he hasn’t done much…yet. He hasn’t spoken in public before…

When he does, is first words are from Isaiah: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,’ he says, ‘because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.’ And Jesus proclaims the year of the Lord’s favour, the year of Jubilee (Luke 4:18).

What he was really talking about was an era of grace – and we’re still in it.

So fast-forward 2,000 years. That same thought, grace, was made incarnate – in a movement of all kinds of people. It wasn’t a bless-me club… it wasn’t a holy huddle. These religious guys were willing to get out in the streets, get their boots dirty, wave the placards, follow their convictions with actions…making it really hard for people like me to keep their distance. It was amazing. I almost started to like these church people.
But then my cynicism got another helping hand.

It was what Colin Powell, a five-star general, called the greatest W.M.D. of them all: a tiny little virus called AIDS. And the religious community, in large part, missed it. The ones that didn’t miss it could only see it as divine retribution for bad behaviour. Even on children…even [though the] fastest growing group of HIV infections were married, faithful women.

Aha, there they go again! I thought to myself judgmentalism is back!

But in truth, I was wrong again. The church was slow but the church got busy on this the leprosy of our age.

Love was on the move. Mercy was on the move. God was on the move.

Moving people of all kinds to work with others they had never met, never would have cared to meet…conservative church groups hanging out with spokesmen for the gay community, all singing off the same hymn sheet on AIDS…soccer moms and quarterbacks…hip-hop stars and country stars. This is what happens when God gets on the move: crazy stuff happens!

From Bono’s book “On The Move”
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Barry McGuire Email

Here’s an email I got from Barry McGuire back when we started our involvement with Aids Walk 2009.
It was very encouraging.
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Barry_and_Mari

Hi David,

We have a mentally ill son who requires all of our attention and our donations, but we certainly know your heart on the aids walk. Sorry we can’t help financially, but we are in total agreement with you.

Flack…..you may get it! We’ve always caught a lot of flack. ….

It just seems to us, since Christ died to forgive ALL – that to us would mean, every person now living, who has ever lived, or will ever be born in the future, has been forgiven. The tragedy is so few of them know it. And how will they ever know it if they only see judgement in our eyes and hear condemnation from our lips. It’s not even up to us to judge or condemn, God our Father is the judge, Christ did the forgiving and is all we have to do is LOVE people. How simple is that! – Even the flack throwers have a hard time targeting that….

How dare I judge ANYONE that Christ gave His life to forgive! I don’t care if they’re gay [or] straight…
We don’t hear that being preached much these days do we!


Blessings on you my friend,
Barry & Mari

 

Lenny Bruce

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Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
–Lenny Bruce

 

Rabbit Hole

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“You take the blue pill and the story ends…believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
– Morpheus

 

A Deadly Mix

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“Jesus was not killed by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and who are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform. Beware those who cannot tell God’s will from their own. Temple police are always a bad sign. When chaplains start wearing guns and hanging out at the sheriff’s office, watch out. Someone is about to have no king but Caesar”

Barbara Brown Taylor in
A Deadly Mix

 

Alice Cooper

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“Ultimately, the most controversial and rebellious thing I’ve ever done was become a Christian.”
— Alice Cooper

 

Revelation May 28, 2009

Filed under: Scripture — lifewalkblog @ 2:54 pm

We must not pick up the book of Revelation without understanding that it is written in an apocalyptic style, a style of literature that employs symbols via images, creatures, numbers and colors. This is not a book that one can read as a carpenter does a blueprint or a cook follows a recipe. The numbers, for example, do not necessarily imply a literal equivalent, but are symbolic of a larger and deeper truth. The number 144,000 was used as a huge number, with a multiple of 12 (which itself is a much-used symbolic number in the book of Revelation) to depict an imprecise but huge group of people who, by God’s grace, inhabit the new, spiritual Jerusalem. They receive spiritual healing and are sealed from further harm by his own blood.
I explain this passage in greater detail in my book “Revelation Revolution”

— Greg Albrecht

 

 
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