Sunday, June 29, 2014

THE THEOLOGY OF LINUS

MY FAVORITE PEANUTS CHARACTER IS LINUS. He is the resident theologian pointing out the deeper truths of life to Charlie Brown as they lean against the wall watching life pass by.

Of all of Linus’ theological permutations, the one that resonates best with me is, “I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand!” I realize that my agreement with Linus’ statement might not sound good coming from a pastor, but truth-be-told, I have sometimes thought that the church would be a great place if it were just me and the Lord. But of course, Jesus doesn’t quite see it that way.

In fact, the church is truly nothing if we don’t have each other. It’s mighty difficult to be a body without a body. A bunch of hands flopping around on the ground is nothing more than the ending of a bad zombie movie, not the picture of a vibrant living organism of which we are called to be a part and of which Jesus Christ is the Head.

Whether we like it or not, the person sitting next to you in church is of vital importance to you. You need them, and yes, they need you! Here’s the deeper truth; as we respond to each other with sincere love and generous acts of kindness the world outside the Body of Christ, cannot help but sit up and take notice.

Our culture is longing for a true example of community, it is in desperate need of it, and the church of Jesus Christ is in prime position to live out that much needed example. Yes, we are called to love mankind, but that love must start at home. So, in the words of the words of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, “Love the One You’re With.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Pastor Randy, Monday, June 30, 2014

I see one of the purposes of this fresh looking Pastor’s Study Blog is to discuss the weekly sermon. I have a question.

During last Sunday’s sermon (Roman’s 12:3-21) you said, “It is impossible to live the Christian life. We live by God’s grace alone. Faith allows us to respond.” Can you elaborate a bit on your focus when you say this? Are you actually saying it is possible to live the Christian life through the power of God’s grace in our life? Gary

Randal Kay said...

Gary,

My point was to say to try to live the life of following Jesus on our won power and wit is impossible. It is the Holy Spirit that provides us with the necessary "tools" to move froward in the sanctification process.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this response, Pastor. It is a unique choice of words you use to define what it is to live the spirit-filled life of following Jesus Christ. Rather like a Holy Spirit led “continuing education” process that goes on and on and on. Gary