Posted by Jim Lisle · September 27, 2014 at
"I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity."
Mahatma Gandhi, 1925
In part 1 of "What Does it Really Mean to be a Christian," we took a look at a famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi from the book The Christ Of The Indian Road, 1926. The interviewer, and author, Dr. E. Stanley Jones asked Gandhi what he thought was the greatest hindrance to the Christian gospel in India. Gandhi, mentioned 4 things he felt were a hindrance to Christian expansion in to India. Because we care how others feel about our faith, and we are responsible for witnessing The Good News to the world, we took a real hard look on how we could change our appearance to those looking for God without adulterating his word? The suggestion was to look for the answers in what might be considered the "Constitution of Christianity", the Sermon On The Mount.
We talked about the 8 Beatitudes and their significance to Christianity. Most of us are familiar with the Beatitudes even if the definition doesn 't ring a bell. They start with "blessed are the" as in "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Jesus outlines eight important philosophies or adherence 's that he felt the most important to ensure proper understanding of the Father 's requirements as well as to foster a life of happiness and fulfillment for those who adhere to them as well as believe in his Authority to require it. Here are those eight "good news" ideals in Mathew that I believe we need to take very seriously.
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...Being Humble can be one of the hardest things we can do because it goes against our human nature. But, Jesus thought it important enough to be the first of eight new Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of Love, Humility and Mercy.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted
The second beatitude builds on our mental recognition of our poverty of spirit by adding an emotional response of sorrow. First, we may experience the deep conviction of the Holy Spirit and mourn for our sin and its offense against our holy Creator. We see biblical examples of this in David’s repentance for his sin with Bathsheba 2 Sam. 12:1–23; Ps. 51. This experience of mourning over sin is part of what it means to be “poor in Spirit,” tying the second beatitude nicely to the first one. Which is good, because the next one, number three, is big enough to stand all by itself.
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