The Transforming God

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Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog for women posted recently on the moral universe of Glee and how creator Ryan Murphy has become an evangelist, touting the message of tolerance to viewers each week on prime-time television.  The post discusses how Glee does a great job of bringing to light various social issues however it stands on the platform that we as people should accept ourselves and others just as we are.  Her.meneutics then says:

But the Christian story tells us that we are born broken, and that we need to be transformed; that we must put off the old self, and be made new. I believe this to be true; but beyond that, I believe it to be a better story, every time, than a story about a person who learns to accept herself the way she is.

I certainly believe that Jesus fully loves and accepts each of us exactly as we are, no matter where we’ve been.  But I love how this post has clearly pointed out that our Savior is a God of transforming grace and His gospel is not meant to be received as one great meal but as an eternal feast of mercy, kindness, love and yes…even gentle correction that will no doubt change us.

For those of us who come from a past where we have sinned in the most colorful ways or have been sinned against…whether we come from a life of crime, substance abuse, promiscuity or even prostitution, or if we’ve been sinned against by those we should trust most, our parents and caregivers… many of us can rightly blame our current condition on our past or maybe even our DNA.  But the gospel of Jesus allows us to be set free from our past. That which we’ve done and that which has been done to us.

Jesus didn’t freely die upon the cross so things could remain the same.  His blood was shed for a new covenant to bring change to the human race, one soul at a time.

Let us love one another exactly where we are but let’s also love one another enough and in ways that point to Christ who will never leave us unchanged.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

2 thoughts on “The Transforming God

  1. “Jesus didn’t freely die upon the cross so things could remain the same.” Amen!

    In the past few years, I have walked along side a number of friends who are dealing with terrible situations, some because of bad choices on their part and others because of bad choices on someone else’s part. And some because we live in a fallen world and things just don’t work right. What I have noticed is that when someone surrenders to Christ in the middle of their bad situation, when they choose the harder road of forgiveness, when they operate in His love instead of their own right to be angry, bitter or closed-off, then He is able to restore relationship even in the middle of the bad circumstance.

    It’s still not fun. It’s still heart-breaking and tear-inducing. But the situation was that way to start with, so it is far, far better when His love is allowed to work in the situation and restore the hearts of those involved. FAR better. Light-years ahead of where a victim would be if she just accepted that “this is how things are and as a result I will never be able to react differently than I do.” Miraculously different than “I guess I just have to accept that those people won’t change and therefore insulate myself from them. I don’t have time for negativity in my life anyway.”

    As hard as it seems to take the higher ground of love, humility and surrender to the Holy Spirit in difficult circumstances, it actually works out easier, because as He transforms us, He carries the burdens. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

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