Jesonian: First Human, Then …… February 8, 2015

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The story is told of a man who set out on a quest to find God.

He began his odyssey by praying, “Almighty One, I am on a search to discover and commune with You.”

He returned ten months later, bitter and in despair.

He proclaimed, “There is no God. I searched everywhere. I opened my heart to His message. And all I found was an endless parade … of people.

Exactly.

First human, then God.

There are many churches, religions and spiritual organizations which fail to achieve any fire with their smoke because they believe they are supposed to be “studying God.”

The Jesonian lets us know that everything is contingent on how we treat people.

After all, we get mercy by giving mercy.

We’re forgiven because we forgive.

If our brother has something against us, we’re supposed to work that out and be reconciled before coming to God for communion.

And how about the fact that we are not supposed to judge other people, because for some amazing reason, God evaluates us with the same intensity?

Likewise, a very angry Jesus told two of his disciples that they were completely out of whack because they wanted to kill off the Samaritans to prove a spiritual point and therefore, please God.

Why did Jesus tell us that what we do to the “least of these, our brethren” is how God considers that we treat Him?

And when the pious religious man asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus told a story about a bruised human in conflict, who is befriended by a true believer who puts effort–and cash–toward his hope.

And lest we forget, the writer of the epistle makes it quite clear that “it is impossible to love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our brother, who we can see.”

So as we seem to have a Christian movement which is split between devotion to God or ignoring the miracle-working power of the Holy Spirit by adapting to only humanistic pursuits, we are weakened, and dare I say, ignorant.

Jesus made no distinction between humanism and faith in God. He claimed they were interspersed, interactive and intertwined.

All that is important for us to remember is the order:

First human…then God.

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