God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Turn Back to God

Turn back to God.  The message heard on the Washington Mall this weekend from Glen Beck.  I'll say right off the bat I cannot listen to Beck he makes me mad.  I didn't listen to the entire rally, I went for the crib notes on the news websites.  But the theme that everyone kept raising was how religion played a role in the proceedings and that Beck called us to turn back to God.  So how can I disagree with this.  I guess our disagreement would come in how we experience God and what we believe God is calling us to do when we turn back. 

One of my favorite sermon series is to preach the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark as an example of the ministry that Jesus inaugurates and calls us to practice.  "Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news'" Mark 1:14-15.  Jesus dramatically arrives on the scene and tells us the time is now, the Kingdom of God is no longer off in a distant it is here, repent (turn around, turn back to God), and believe the good news.  Jesus asks us to repent, to turn around, to turn back to God.  To repent is to move from those things that have separated you from God and the good news and to turn back.  Then Jesus sets out to show us how the kingdom has come near.  He begins by calling his first followers, fishermen who immediately drop their nets and follow him.  Then he began healing the sick and freeing people from their demons.  He prayed, he preached, he journeyed throughout the land.  He visited churches and met a man with leprosy who asked Jesus to make him clean.  Jesus tells him of course I choose to make you well. 

So if we are to turn back to God, which I don't disagree with aren't we to Repent in the way Jesus calls us to turn around.  We are to believe the good news and then help the Kingdom of God to continue to draw near.
Come with me, come wander,
Come welcome the world,
Where strangers might smile
Or where stones may be hurled;
Come leave what you cling to,
Lay down what you clutch
And find, with hands empty,
That hearts can hold much.

Sing Hey for the carpenter
Leaving his tools!
Sing Hey for the Pharisees
Leaving their rules!
Sing Hey for the fishermen
Leaving their nets!
Sing Hey for the people
Who leave their regrets!

Come walk in my company,
Come sleep by my side,
Come savour a lifestyle
With nothing to hide;
Come sit at my table
And eat with my friends,
Discovering that love
Which the world never ends.

Come share in my laughter,
Come close to my fears,
Come find yourself washed
With the kiss of my tears;
Come stand close at hand
While I suffer and die,
And find in three days
How I never will lie.

Come leave your possessions,
Come share out your treasure,
Come give and receive
Without method or measure;
Come loose every bond
That's restraining the spirit,
Enabling the earth
To be yours to inherit.
                        John L. Bell

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