The Baptist, Jesus and Me

John the Baptist was the original tea totaler (not really-he was part of a sect/party that practiced prohibition as a lifestyle, viz. the Nazarenes).

Jesus loved to party. Consider the nature of Jesus’ first miracle (cf John 2). For Jesus, life style evangelism was eating, drinking and being with the spiritual lower crust.

Who lived out the Gospel? John or Jesus?

If you haven’t been possessed by the mysterious spirit of godliness (I Timothy 3:13-16) you might assign both Jesus and John to the dark side.

Paul believes the baseline for authority is not the Bible but the Church. The Church decides.

There hundreds of orders in the Church each possessing its unique spirit of godliness. Many orders are more than 500 years old with generations of good deeds as their “children.”

When Mother Theresa passed away, I heard more than one TV preacher say, “Too bad she wasn’t a Christian.” If the religious elite don’t think much of your Christianity, rejoice your reward might be great.

Finally, Mother Teresa’s commentary on Luke 7 bears repeating;

People are often unreasonable,
Illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
People may accuse
You of selfish motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
You will win some false friends
And some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.
Mother Teresa

Author: gbradepp

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