“Love ‘em all – Let God sort ‘em out.” This should be the mark of a Christian. Love everyone; leave the rest to God.
It is truly a freeing concept. For a good part of my life as a Christian, I was burdened by the concept of sorting people out. I needed to find out who was a Christian and who was not. That’s because there was a different code of ethics for each group — a different language, different assumptions, and, of course, a different message. Being around non-Christians always made me feel nervous — like being in the wrong club. The Christian club was easy. We all knew what we meant by our language. We could take each other’s beliefs for granted. We thought alike. Non-Christians were another breed entirely. We were so … different. We even worked hard at maintaining those differences because that’s what set us apart and made us feel more spiritual.
All of this flies out the window when you love everyone and let God do the sorting. When you let God do the sorting, you find out what makes us the same. When you let God do the sorting, you find out what makes us alike. You find out what is universal about being human. You also are more likely to find out what a sinner you are versus the good person you thought you were. You also are more likely to find out why God had to die for you and why He loves and died for everyone. We are all in the same situation: sinful people in need of a savior.
When you let God do the sorting, you are much more capable of understanding grace and why it’s so important. We all are in need of it. None of us has a chance apart from the grace of God, and that is precisely why we turn grace outward to others because it’s the same message for everyone. There are not two messages; there is only one.
Are you going to decide who to love? God doesn’t even do that. “God so loved the world.” That would be everybody. Be happy you don’t have to do the sorting. There really is only one group — all of us without exception — which sets us free to “Love ‘em all – Let God sort ‘em out.” I’m out of the sorting business for good, and believe me, everyone around me is much happier about that.
Dear Pastor John (I still wish you hopefully do as u once did before, record yourself read the Catch out loud) Anyway another one that only took me about one half hour to read a re-read to fully comprehend…
Yet this grappled my heart: B/C the great truth In see in it: ” You also are more likely to find out what a sinner you are versus the good person you thought you were. You also are more likely to find out why God had to die for you and why He loves and died for everyone. We are all in the same situation: sinful people in need of a savior.”
B/C as you & Marti know I had a Facebook “call-girl” approach me about wanting to stop doing it and would love to try Amway and asked me if I would be interested in sponsoring her & told me she was scared b/c she was aware that I was a “Church goer & talked about Jesus” I told her one of Jesus’s friends did wat she does too.
After she thanked me she asked me what qualifications does she need to get in, so I asked her who does she know that likes Energy Drinks, uses .Shampoo, deodorant, mouthwash and laundry detergent? Everyone she knows, she replied so I told her well do you think some of them wud like to buy those products @ wholesale & set paid to purchase them?
Sorry 4 the commercial, yet what I need prayer about more have asked to sponsor them and a few of them are jus absolutely stunning beautiful women & I NEED prayers to help me keep everything strictly Biz and only transparent…
PS And the other funny thing is my old sponsor once told me it doesn’t look good me being Facebook friends with a lot of young attractive women – until I asked him isn’t the target the market younger crowd..?
That message says it all about loving everyone. I was always told since I was very young put it in the hands of the Lord and you can never go wrong with that in one’s life.
Love your comment and Amen to it….
In recent years as a pastor in an increasingly confrontive bickering-culture, I have chosen to respond in a uniform way.
“What’s your position on gays?” “I am called to love without exception.”
“How about trans people?” “I love without exception.”
“How about white supremacists?” “Love without exception”
“And Marxist-leaning leftists?” “Love without exception”
“Why do you keep saying that? What does that even mean, ‘Love without exception?'”
I carefully define love. “I hold up the Biblical standard: to dedicate myself to another’s best. Jesus embodied it. Jesus gave his life up voluntarily to complete it. And, like Jesus, if my love is rejected through attacks and ridicule, I will maintain my posture to love. It need not be reciprocal.”
Love your replies!!!!