06-20-16 @North Heartland: Orlando & When Sin Gets Personal
Published Date: June 17, 2016
Author: Rick McGinniss
By now I’m sure you’ve heard all about the terrorist attack in Orlando and the slaughter and maiming of dozens of folks out having a good time. As reprehensible as that is, once again we see the subsequent dialog devolving into ugliness as our cultural “tribes” (liberals, conservatives, moralists, LGBT activists, etc, etc) all point the finger at one another. If we wonder why there is terrorism in the world, it’s hard to miss. It begins with “we hate them” … where them is someone on the “other side” (liberals, conservatives, moralists, LGBT activists, radical Muslims, Christians, etc, etc, etc.)
This is why the characteristic of graciousness (which we’re talking about in our current series) is so important. When we live with an unconditional predisposition to treat “them” better than they deserve because we’re constantly aware that’s how God treats us, it’s like a light shining in the darkness. Nobody does that. My hope and prayer is that we who are followers of Jesus would become more gracious than ever in these turbulent times.
To that end, we’ll continue talking about graciousness this Sunday in a message I’m calling “When Sin Gets Personal.” Last week we talked about what graciousness looks like when values clash but this week we’ll look a little closer inside of our relational circles. What does it mean to be gracious when people hurt us? When Christians don’t act like Christians toward us?
Hope you can make it to either the 9:00 or 10:30 service or catch us on our live stream via our app or website!