the parts of the Bible that appeal to us.
All of us do this.
Whether we are Commander in Chief or mega church pastor.
Whether we are seminary student or stay at home mom.
We say that we don't,
but we do.
Which is why the world is so broken.
There is need such great need for compassion
such great need for accountability.
A need for grace and a need for justice.
Focused on what is convenient
or what is easy
or what is easy to tell others to do...
we end up ignoring the other parts
or even the big picture.
We claim to be pro-life and anti-euthanasia, but we ignore the orphan and the widow.
We preach on family values when it is against the homosexual, but we whitewash the lifelong effects of a family destroyed by adultery.
We tithe to have a church gymnasium and laser light shows during worship, but we can't give up this week's Starbucks to give a meal to a child in Africa ... or Springfield, Missouri.
We all have our roles to play, and what God calls one of us to He may not call the other.
But He does command this of His followers:
ensure justice for those being crushed
speak up for the poor and helpless
help the oppressed
defend the cause of orphans
fight for the rights of widows
refuse to let the world corrupt you
So I pray that He gives me the strength and the grace and the ability to do what He calls me to do.
Then I rest in the promise that He will and He does.