Not as in 90 Proof. I honestly have no clue what that would mean (except maybe death?)…
Proof…as in “backing up what you say with actions.”
I have been entrenched lately with my current sermon series Not A Fan. Reading, reading, reading. Studying, studying, studying. Walking away. Returning to work some more. Convicted. Disgusted (with myself and my sometimes weak faith). Inspired. Convicted. And the cycle goes on.
For the most part, we have it pretty easy here in the United States. At this point we are not called on to “hide” like many are forced to do. At this point we are not forced to register our church(es) with the government and receive their sanction to meet. At this point we do not have to meet in secret for fear of being arrested or even killed. At this point we don’t live with the reality that our church buildings can be burned to the ground by militant and fanatical rebels who hate our faith and what we stand for…
That day may come. Who knows? All I do know is that no matter what is to come, the most important thing to focus on is the NOW. Of course being entrenched in my sermon series has me thinking about it with some regularity. As I was heading home Saturday for my party after some time studying, I was listening to Air One. I seldom listen to radio because they generally play “now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep” music and incessant commercials. I like uptempo music (preferably rock) and I despise commercials, especially endless ones that go on and on for about 5-10 minutes. But this time Air One came in fairly clear so I left it on for the 2 mile drive home. That was when I heard this song. It was one I heard before but didn’t know who sang it. I listened to the words and it reeled me in. Please take a moment (3:18) and listen to the song. Pay attention to the words.
A song written with I Corinthians 13 as the backdrop. The proof our love for Jesus is a life lived openly and with love for others. Do you have trouble practicing this kind of love? Do you make distinctions on whom you love and whom you don’t?