All together now

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Can you find the Christians in this picture? No? Good.

As far as I can tell, this is a picture of a bunch of sheep and goats together in a big herd. And when you see them all together like this, you get a sense of their sameness. They all have cloven hooves, four legs, the same shaped heads and ears, they all go “Baa,” and they can even mate and produce offspring. Someday they will be separated, but not today. Today they are all together and with the exception of social distancing, which they are obviously ignoring, that’s as it should be.

Notice you don’t see the sheep all off somewhere together in a corner having special sheep time; they’re all mixed in together. It’s the way it is and should be for believers and unbelievers in the world. Like the wheat and the tares growing side by side, you can’t always tell them apart. Nor do you have to. We mingle as sheep and goats. How else will the message get out?

I look at this picture and get a sense of my own humanity. I belong to the human race. I am a part of the family of God, but I am a part of the family of man, too. Feel that. Care about that. Especially now when so many are suffering, and so many are putting their lives on the line trying to do something about that. (Marti and I have been out in front of our house every night at 7:00 p.m. banging on pots and pans and making noise as a designated thank you to all the first responders and medical personnel fighting this COVID-19 disease. And this afternoon, six Air Force Thunderbirds will fly all over southern California to do the same.)

Christ had all of humanity in mind when He died to save us. God doesn’t relish anyone perishing. He’s going to work all this out in the end and I’m glad I have nothing to do with that. It comes down to loving everyone and letting God do the sorting. That’s an oversimplification, but practically it works in that we are free to love, hope and believe for everyone. And if you have trouble with God doing the sorting, then you’ll have to take that up with Him. That is out of our hands. I just keep telling Him that if He can figure out a way to save everyone and stay true to His word, He’s not going to have any argument from me.

Five Reasons to Wear a Mask

1. Save money on lipstick.

2. Ventriloquism is super easy.

3. You’ll finally know if you have bad breath, plus you’ll be more motivated to do something about it.

4. You can smile with your eyes and stick your tongue out at someone at the same time.

5. You can help keep yourself from getting the virus, and you can keep others from getting it should you have it and not know it.

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3 Responses to All together now

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    Loved the “If Only: A Family Quarantine Song,”

  2. John A Fagliano says:

    22 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
    23 By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
    Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
    Isaiah 45:22-23

    9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
    10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
    Philippians 2:9-11

    3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 12:3

  3. Stephen Walsh says:

    Hope you and Marti enjoyed the flyover. The Blue Angels roared over Nashville last Thursday. It was awesome. Also, hope your birthday yesterday was an especially good one. Here’s a prayer that it will be your last COVID-19 birthday. Not your last birthday overall, just the COVID type.

    Your fellow sheep… Steve

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