The Great Divide

This week presented the Christian community with the news of Ravi Zacharias passing and going to be with the Lord. As many have stated through social media all week, Ravi was an influential theologian in my life and a great help in understanding the realities of the world we live in and how clear the evidence of a great and mighty God really is.

If you have ever listened to Ravi preach he often would talk of when he was a young teenage boy on a bed of suicide when God met Him and opened his eyes to the truth. From that moment on he dedicated his life to the knowledge and understanding of who/what is God and then teaching others how to know the same things. He was extremely patient and showed much grace when those who opposed him tried to bring him down, or destroy his character. The world will sorely miss this man.

The current state of affairs has put before the public’s eye the great divide between the laws of man and the laws of God. It has shown so evidently over the last 3-4 months how far the chasm really is between man and God. With so much information…really a tsunami of information, and that’s what it is, information. Not truth or lies, just information. We are then tasked with determining whether something is true or false and then taking action based on that analysis.

Jesus boiled the more than 600 Judaic laws and the Ten Commandments written on stone to just two commands: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. He ended the debate of who is my neighbor? He made it clear that all mankind is your neighbor, and therefore we as Christians have no excuse to not show love. Currently that is not what is in question in the Christian community. The real debate is, “what does it mean to love our neighbor, what is kindness and what is tough love?” This is the question I want to look at this Sunday as we continue a series about moving the church from the building to the neighborhood.

Nathan Bentley

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