Re Posting this from a while back. Recently had a conversation similar to the one related in the post.
Enjoy!!! C. Hahlen 10/10/16
Recently I had a conversation with a musician. Not that unusual, in a way, but this guy was a bit out of the norm for Preacher Conversations.
Long Hair, pony tail. Tattoo sleeves, Sunglasses in the darkened room. Chain smoking. Shall we say “salty” language?
The description is not intended to be a judgement– simply an image that helps you see the moment. Most church members would be reluctant to sit with — yet along talk with — someone who appears like this.
Even he was a bit baffled by the situation. He was wondering what a preacher was doing in this place — talking with someone like him.
I explained to him that I simply try to live as Jesus did. That means being willing to move in circles that otherwise might be outside my comfort zone. Living like Jesus means being involved the community — all of the community.
We talked about how Jesus didn’t come to judge everyone. He came to show everyone what the Father was like. He came to be a living example of how God expects us to live. He desperately tried to make it clear that having a moral and Godly foundation for life means you will have life and have it more abundantly — a fulfilled life.
We cannot do it alone. Living life in the context of Jesus’s teaching in a community of fellow Jesus-followers (church) is so much easier and fulfilling that trying to “make it” based on our own efforts.
When I told the young man that my willingness to talk and share with him was simply me following the example of Jesus to be involved in my community his response was…..
Deep Man! Deep….
Basic theology. Go where Jesus went. Do what Jesus did. Live a Christ-like life.