Jesus the Teacher: What do I care about?
Perhaps, like me, you’ve grown tired of all the shouting on television and social media about … everything. Even today, I have had to catch myself half a dozen times before launching in to whatever argument has passed through my line of sight. Because, you know, screaming (typing) at complete strangers about some of my dearest held beliefs does actually change the world. Not.
Our pastor spoke about Jesus the Teacher last Sunday at Hope, using the text from the Sermon on the Mount, which is Matthew, chapters 5-7. But the one thing that specifically caught my ear was in reference to 5:7, which in The Message reads “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you’ll find yourself cared for.” The pastor said that what really matters is what we care about, not what we believe. And we show what we truly care about by what we do.
I am a political moderate, but an extremely inactive one. I don’t ever contact my Congressional representatives, attend political rallies or even go to City Council meetings. I vote, but that’s the only action I take to show I care about what happens in US elections. I can make arguments about my beliefs, but honestly, they are mostly hot air. If I cared, I would do something about them.
What do I care about? Where do I spend my time? Taking care of my family, visiting extended family, volunteering at church with the youth group, going to Bible studies with my peers, reading lots of books, going to the movies and maintaining relationships.
Shouting at people on Twitter or Facebook is only going to convince them that I am a blowhard, regardless of what I claim to believe. If I want others to see Jesus in me, it needs to be in how I care for the people around me. What I say, and then, following immediately afterwards, what I do.
-Sarah Webber, Voorhees Campus
1. Do you care about the beliefs that you profess? That is, do you live out the gospel in your daily life? Can you think of a recent example?
2. Do you find yourself drawn into foolish arguments on social media? Why do you think it is so tempting to participate in these conversations?
3. If there is a large gap between what you claim to believe and how you live your life, what is one thing you can do to change that?