My new favorite album is RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG by For King and Country. The third track on the disc is titled Fix My Eyes and the chorus is serving as inspiration for this week of posts. It is a section of statements that serve as a reminder of the destinations we should be chasing as believers and humans wanting to improve this world. A lyric video is below. Check it out and pay attention to the chorus as we’ll be taking it apart a few lines at a time.
Love Like I’m Not Scared
Love scares us. It means opening up when our instinct is to protect ourselves. It means acknowledging someone is important and searching for acceptance. A friend of mine recently completed her divorce. She was talking to me about the prospect of dating again, telling me how she never though she’d be in that position.
We don’t take our marriage vows to break them.
Love scares us on a faith level. Jesus provided the example of perfect and selfless love. The church as political unit gets hung up on the idea of a closed fist and pointed finger, not open hands with nail scars. We invite people in and, as long as they know their place, we are comfortable to have them around. We’ve convinced ourselves that revolutionary love is a thing of the past, confined to Jerusalem a few thousand years ago.
We can be the reps of Jesus, as long as the audience is Republican, moderately wealthy, white, and willing to not discuss their struggles at the dinner table after the small group meeting.
Give When it’s Not Fair
I love these five words and they are worth a book of writing. In the Bible, we read Jesus meeting a wealthy man in the streets. He’s asked, as the guy looks up from checking his portfolio on his IPhone 6, how do I get into heaven?
The reply is simple and, as he did often, Jesus cuts to the core of the issue.
He doesn’t say, sell some stuff, set up shop in the market and get rid of your antiques. He doesn’t say to keep the receipts for a tax write off. He doesn’t say, make sure you give me ten percent and we’re all good, or go to the temple on Mission’s Sunday and put some extra in the pot.
He says, sell it all.
Not an easy statement.
The central idea here is a selfless life. Loving and giving, taking a risk to be there for someone else, taking your time to serve a family, charity, or group in need.
It is pushing the capital ME (sell it all) down for the capital US (love without fear). It is a concept that can change the world when we embrace it fully and go forward.
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