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Being the Orange

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect… Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:2, 9-13

Apples and OrangePaul seems clear enough in his letters to the churches…the community of believers (Christ-followers) should look different from the other communities in our world. We should not conform to their ways. Rather, our community should stand out in several ways. The church should stand out in several ways. Here’s a partial list. See how we’re doing…

Our love should be genuine. I read that as real. Not fake. Not conditional in any respect. It is true agape. I do not love you because of what you do or don’t do…nor because of who you are or are not. My love for you does not depend in any way on you or on circumstances surrounding you. I love you for one very simple reason: because Christ lives in me. And as long as that is true, I will keep loving you. Period.

Abhor what is evil…cling to what is good. This is much more than just a moral compass. Morality, in fact, just scratches the surface of this calling. This is about recognizing the work and influence of our one and only spiritual enemy among us and standing against it. And it is about recognizing the work and influence of God’s …


Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.

“Ubuntu is the essence of being a person.  It means that we are people through other people.  We cannot be fully human alone.  We are made for interdependence, we are made for family.  When you have ubuntu, you embrace others.  You are generous, compassionate...You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others.  You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children.  This is God’s dream.” Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu

It never fails.  I go on mission to a faraway place in order to teach, and I become the student.  My ministry is currently working in partnership with the Baptist Union of South Africa to do unity conferences and pastors’ conferences with churches there.  We have made several trips there already, with another one scheduled for this year.  I have treasured my time in South Africa and, oh, how I have learned from my brothers and sisters in Christ there!

How ironic that God would allow me to teach unity principles in a country so rich with words and symbols for unity.  The majestic white lion is one of those symbols.  And ubuntu is one of those words.

With its origins in the tribal mentality of the very diverse people of South Africa, ubuntu describes the clear sense of living in community with others.  It connotes an interdependence, so that when one member of the community suffers, everyone suffers.  It includes a strong sense of loyalty, such as to family.  It involves belonging to others, and others belonging to you.  It is a word which is so very descriptive of the Biblical concept of unity.…