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Love rymes with a hideous car wreck.

By Billy | December 5, 2009

Jesus blesses the little children. Society oppresses the little children.

Strife is coming.

Vayelech Avram. Abram WENT. He went not knowing where he was going. He went with reason to believe he’d never see his father again. He went ‘to the place that God will show him.’ He didn’t even know the destination. He went on ridiculous, embarrassing, nearly deadly detours (Egypt, for example). He had no idea where, but he started walking.

So God already calls us away from our fathers last years, and calls us to steal our brother’s birth rights and blessings, and now Jesus has come to draw the sword, not make peace?

God may ask you to do things you can’t imagine yourself doing. Getting arrested for justice, leaving your family for peace, getting killed for your beliefs. People who don’t fully understand (aka everyone) might think you’re crazy, selfish, foolish, confused… They will think the sword is being drawn against them, they will think you are drawing the sword for baser reasons.
The people who have begun to realize and draw their own sword for Christ will hopefully see why you are drawing your sword. You’re not walking out in the middle of dinner to be disrespectful to your family, but to show real respect for your God. The people who begin to understand will revel and enjoy watching you fight for your Prize, the people who do not will feel slighted and hurt. The people who begin to understand will be gracious and let you back in, the people who do not will want you to feel ashamed — you may feel dirty and unwelcomed back in your house and (if you’re anything like me) you will sit outside the house too ashamed to enter and see your family again after running away.

You have allies. You have a family that will leave the door unlocked. We are waiting for you to come back inside, and hope you never feel shame for going out. Our swords are drawn too, but not against you (though we may cancel our dinner plans with you at the last moment — because God may tell us to go to Egypt and accomplish nothing but confusing Pharaoh about our marital status with our sister/wife that evening). You have friends who will welcome you back to their table, regardless of the detours (“mistakes”) you take. Do not be disheartened. You have God rooting specifically for you (think about that!) and you have a whole team of humans working, praying, and loving for you.

(Go read Mark 10: 17-31 )

Call on your allies if you need help. God put us here to help you, anything good we do is actually just him working through the physical medium, anyway.

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