A Circle that Is Wide and Unbroken.

This phrase has stuck with me since I read it early this morning. It made me think about how we go about doing God’s work each and every day.

Unless you’ve been in a black out of some kind, or glued to the Olympics, you probably heard about the Chick-fil-a hoo-ha. Both sides have been sniping at each other on-and-on. It sounds like a chicken coop. Dan Cathy’s detractors call for like-minded liberals to boycott the chain. Supporters decry liberals for trying to take away Cathy’s freedom of speech.

That always makes me smile. Did you notice that Christ never once talked about freedom of speech. Not one stinking time.

“Blessed are those who support freedom of speech for they shall ensure the rights of the tedious.”

Okay, that probably isn’t how he would have put it, but he didn’t say anything on the topic. Why? Because our big mouths have a tendency to get us into trouble no matter where we stand on an issue. So often, we would do better to just be quiet.

What could we do while we’re busy being quiet? Some things He actually told us to do:
Accept Him into our hearts,
Understand that we are Blessed through grace, not our own actions
Show His love to others.

In my heart I truly believe that we show His love when we create a circle that is wide and unbroken even in the face of hate. We don’t have to shout back. We don’t need to behave badly.

The students of Texas A&M showed the world just how this could work on July 5th when they surrounded Central Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. They did this in a show of support for a fallen soldier, a soldier whose funeral was going to be protested by Westboro Baptist church. Watch the video. The A&M supporters shouted no slogans. They carried no signs. They simply stood together, surrounding the church and showing the family their support.

A circle that is wide and unbroken sends a very clear message. We are standing together, showing God’s love to someone who needs it.

–SueBE

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