As I’ve read and skimmed through the multitude of articles, opinions and analyses of the events of the last couple of weeks, there has been much of it that has made me sad, some of it has made me glad, some of it has been very solidly written, some of it has been amazingly slanted.   

One of them talked about how to live with the tension and how to seek God in the tension.   Thank you Carissa.

The other one, and I apologize if I don’t even remember who wrote it, said one sentence that stuck with me……

God Doesn’t Need Us.

Think about that a minute.  God doesn’t need us to argue for Him.   

God Doesn’t Need Us.   

But He wants us.    He wants us to show His love to our neighbor.    He wants us to struggle with how to live the way He calls us to.   Not because we have to in order to be saved but as a show of gratitude for what He has done for us.

He wants us be His hands and feet – not because He can’t but because we need to.

He wants us to show love to those who aren’t like us – because He showed love to us and we aren’t like Him.

He wants us to “do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”

He wants us to wrestle with what that means when you think “that” is right and I think “this” is right.

He wants us to wrestle with how to love those we don’t agree with.

Not because He needs us.   That would be unbelievably presumptious to think that God needed us, that God can’t do it without us.

No, he wants us to do that because that’s His calling for us to live a life of love and gratitude.

Jesus lived and died the ultimate life of love.   

How are we going to show His love and our love to others today?  

He doesn’t need us to solve the world’s problems but He wants us to work with Him and join Him in redeeming the world and standing for what matters to Him.

It isn’t easy, but it’s easier than what Jesus did.

Tom