Loving Others

Jesus said, “The first [commandment] in importance is, “Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” Mark 12:29-31 Msg

Do you ever do this thing where you read about something that happened in the past and think, “Well, if I’d been there, I would have done something.” About the injustice, about the racism, colonialism, classism, sexism, and all the -isms. I read how Native Americans were treated and think I would have stood up for them. I read how slavery was a defining issue in our country’s history and think, I would have helped. I read how any number of people were on the wrong side of prejudice and think, if I were there, I would have spoken up.

But would I have?

I’m not so sure. I’m not sure I do it today and there’s still plenty of –isms going around in the world, in our community and even in my neighborhood. The way I act, the way I shop, where I live, who I connect with…all are indications of how I’m doing to “love others” as Jesus teaches.

I don’t think I’m there.

But luckily Jesus isn’t through with us yet – and we can always begin now to love God and love others. To speak up with words and actions and purchases and prayer.

Monday is the national holiday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. And actually, this Monday, January 15 is the date of his birth. We gather tomorrow for worship and to join in “Moving the Conversation Along” with Pastor Dave, Jude Del Hierro and Rev. Dr. Larron Jackson. Joining in the conversation is a good first step of loving others well and of finding our voice. May our hearts be aligned with Jesus, Dr. King and the peacemakers around us. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30 am. AND, you can participate in the Denver Marade on Monday; it’s a great way to stand up and show up. Pastor DJ, Claudia and I’ll be there.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2 Msg

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