"I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we posted Christian memes and Bible verses on our Facebook page, we bashed the demons and online trolls, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking and tweeting about us on social media.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat." -JESUS
“You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister [on social media] is guilty of murder...Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister [via Twitter] and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill." -JESUS
In this 4-part series we ask, "How would Jesus conduct himself on social media?" Listen to this adaptation of Jesus' most famous teaching -- Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7) -- applied directly to online interaction.
It is not the sins we are tempted to commit that ought to frighten us, but the acts of justice we are never inspired to attempt.
Most are familiar with Jesus’ parable of the Hidden Treasure in Matthew 13:44: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” The primary truth here is that Jesus himself … Continue reading A Treasure Worth Finding
‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels . . . I was a foreigner and you did not invite me in." The Gospel lesson in this week's lectionary reminds us that Jesus was no lap cat savior but the roaring Lion of Judah. He came … Continue reading Welcome the Foreigner: Fiery Words from the Prince of Peace