by Pastor Bob Myers
I disagree with Jesus a lot.
Every time I sin. Every time I fail Him. And sometimes, I’m even honest enough to bring it out to Him in prayer. When I do this, I’ve never changed His mind. But by doing so, He is changing me. Here’s a little window into my interaction with Jesus, an interaction that Jesus’ Words answer and realign.
Jesus, You’ve done something that I think is very unwise. You put all Your eggs in one basket, a very poor basket at that, for protecting Your movement.
Jesus, do you intend to give the world the right to judge Your followers by one and only one criterion?
Jesus, this seems unbalanced, weren’t You about so much more than just this?
Jesus, isn’t this criterion one of the most subjective standard of measurements for judging whether something is a knock-off or the real thing?
Jesus, couldn’t You have protected Your brand better?
Jesus, did You really mean to make one thing the singular apologetic hallmark and proof?
Jesus, won’t this be abused by evil people?
Jesus, You’re allowing unregenerate people to blow the whistle on the regenerate?
Jesus, don’t You realize that You’re allowing the unwashed to put the rest of us in the penalty box on time out until we meet this single standard?
Jesus, with all due respect and reverence, do You really mean to give the world the right to judge me based on perceivable love going out from me towards other believers?
Jesus, is life now so simple that the main question I need to be constantly asking myself is, “What does the love of Christ require of me?”
Jesus response: The answer to ALL your questions is an unequivocal YES. Read my unchanging Words, as there are no loopholes for love: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35