We don’t get it


We bought paint yesterday. Enough for half the house. Thankfully that ends my relationship with the (imminent) decorating.

We are grandchild-free this week and my wife wants to hide the evidence – the finger marks, the scuffs, the dirty marks, the “it’s looking dirty” evidence.  We will start with patches.  “Can you see where I have painted – you can can’t you – it looks wet, but it’s dry.“ Then the same with the part walls. “You can still see where I have painted can’t you?”  Which leads to the whole walls bit, “That looks better doesn’t it?”.

Living leaves evidence.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” Matthew 23:13

The “woe to you” chapter.  The “Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees”.  The us and them chapter.  We are not – and they are – so we can cheer as they get it – and we don’t.

We don’t get it.

We don’t get that each one who names themselves a Christian, a follower – who names themselves saved – is “that” to everyone else.  That I am “that” to others who are saved, to others who call themselves Christians, to others who are followers – and to all those who do not and are not.  Each one is “that” to someone else.  And if that is true, then “that” is also true to the One who knows All.  The One who is the reason for following and being saved.  That is what I see day after day:

We don’t get it.

Because being “that” is in every action, every thought, every breath and every moment.  It is every interaction with everyone.  It is every second by second interaction with one’s self.  Every second of living life as a follower, a Christian, as saved … leaves evidence.

I read the “Woe to you” verses as a cautionary tale. I read these verses as being written for me.  I read those verses as for me alone.  Because I have come to see these verses as applicable to everyone who says – or thinks (!) – the universal:

“That’s not how we do things around here!”

Because the only thing I can do until I die is … live.

And living leaves evidence.  And the evidence of my living is plain to see (even if I choose not to).  So every “that’s not how we do things around here” is my evidence of how I live with you.  And every “that’s not how we do things around here” – “saved” or “unsaved” – simply means we shut the door on each other – and that means …

We don’t get it.

I don’t see “Woe to you …” being about “them” because I don’t see “them and us”.

And you will see the evidence of that (or not) in my daily living.

Because that is the only evidence I have to show you.

What about you?

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