There is lots in a name. We talk a lot about "branding" these days. We want our "brand" to be clear to others. We want the words used to describe us, to be true to who we are and what we are about.
A fellow minister and colleague sent me an email about the whole issue of how "evangelicals" are perceived, and how, nationally they have been co-opted from their theological and spiritual commitment, to an identification with the "religious right" in politics. The issue behind the issue seems to be an anger about our president and who he is and what he stands for.
That seems to me to be not a fruitful pursuit, politics generally being too delicate, deep, and difficult for most of us to handle.
Rather, it seems to me our joy should be to be known as those who love Jesus. Those, who are Jesus people who love Him above all else, and follow Him, and serve him.
Being on the journey with Jesus means we've watched Him, and heard Him, and love Who He is, and that He comes from God the Father Who sent Him into the world to show us the Father's love, and to know the Father's welcome, and His call to all of us who are His children to come Home to Him. And, in the meantime to be about the work of HIs Kingdom, and planting, and establishing wherever we go, and in all relationships we may have. We're to be His people - acting as He acts, speaking as He speaks, and loving as He loves.
We're to be bearers of His spirit, conveyors of His heart. In other words "Spirit People" in the world. People filled with the Holy Spirit, which has been sent by Jesus into the world to be the power for all our ministry.
To be Jesus' People of the Spirit should be an honor for us and an identification we are eager to claim, defend, and promote - for the good of the world, and God's Kingdom everywhere.
Arthur A Rouner, Jr -
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