Scripture as a guide and not a weapon

Daily reading: Acts 15:1-19
Monday May 15, 2017

As the body of believers is growing and the Spirit is out ahead of the physical movement of followers, infusing communities and surprising both believers and non-believers, word has spread to Paul and Barnabas out in the Gentile community that those in Judea believe that salvation only comes to those who are circumcised.  The church in Antioch sends Paul, and Barnabas and several others to Jerusalem so they can present a different view point.

When they arrived, they give a full report of the Gentile conversions and the work of the Spirit in the communities they had visited.  It is at this meeting that some of the scholars of the law stand up and say, “The Gentiles must be circumcised.  They must be required to keep the Law from Moses.”
And thus a debate ensues.

While we have a tendency to use scripture as a weapon to prove we are right, be it on a number of issues throughout time as a means to end the discussion, that is not what the Jerusalem Council is doing.  Rather, they are exploring every angle possible as a means of deepening their faith.  There may not be an answer to the questions posed, and that really isn’t the point of the discussion. 

Weekly practice: Practice being fully attentive to what other people are saying.  Deeply listen from a place of empathy.  Seek out moments to have conversations in person this week rather than messages through text, email or social media.  Find a place of commonality.

Prayer: Graceful Guide, you call us to fully see and deeply love one another.  May your unconditional love fill us and seep into every moment this day, even in the really difficult ones.  Amen.


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