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Have you heard the saying, “Hate the sin, love the sinner?”  It’s a rather popular cliche among conservative/evangelical Christians, especially in reference to homosexuality.  Unfortunately, we’re often better at the hate part than the love part.

Last week, an excellent op-ed piece appeared on USAToday.com by 26-year-old Jonathan Merritt titled “An evangelical’s plea: ‘Love the sinner.’” It’s worth clicking through to read the whole thing. But here are some highlights:

Most people know Jesus was amazingly compassionate toward marginalized sinners. Prostitutes, drunks and, worst of all, tax collectors they were some of Jesus’ closest friends. And while the religious aristocracy of Jesus’ day was finding new ways to express sin-hate, Jesus was busy loving every sinner he could find.

The contrast between 21st century Christianity and the Jesus of the Bible is stark. This Jesus the compassionate, loving, “friend of sinners” is difficult to reconcile with an often disconnected, insular, us-vs.-them Christianity.

The most robust description of love in all of Scripture comes from 1 Corinthians 13, which says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” If Christians’ language were marked by these characteristics humility, kindness and grace it would ease tensions and open up avenues for dialogue. It is time for evangelical Christians to reform our rhetoric.

And it doesn’t end with dialogue. Let us not forget that love is not only a noun, but also a verb. Love is an action. Our assertions that we love our neighbors must be accompanied by visible expressions of that love. Therefore, we need to begin looking for ways to affirm, rather than undermine, our claims to love our gay neighbors.

Now is the time for those who bear the name of Jesus Christ to stop merely talking about love and start showing love to our gay and lesbian neighbors. It must be concrete and tangible. It must move beyond cheap rhetoric. We cannot pick and choose which neighbors we will love. We must love them all.

I found the article to be refreshing and right on the nose.  And it has me thinking…

What are some things that I can be doing, as a follower of Jesus, to love my neighbors who are gay?  Anyone want to help me answer that? (Scroll on down to leave a comment…)

Found this fascinating little video about a pro basketball player turned urban farmer over on Brian McLaren’s blog.

This is just one example of someone who is investing their time, resources, and creativity to improve the lives of the people around them. It’s always good to see someone pursue a dream that benefits others. Their example can inspire us to live a more generous, others-centered life.  (By the way, that’s a big part of what it means to live a life patterned after Jesus, who lived “to serve, not to be served.”)

Do you know someone who is pursuing a dream that benefits others?  Share their story in the comments.  I’d love to feature them here and celebrate what they’re doing!

24 Apr 2009

Peapod – A happy little (slow) electric car

Author: rich | Filed under: interesting

happy litte car

I saw this article over at twitterstop.com about the Peapod, a new electric car that’s supposed to be coming soon.  They describe it as a “neighborhood electric vehicle” or NEV.  And it has iPhone connectivity built right in!  It even has a cute little smile on its face (hence the “happy” in the description above).

plugs right in!

Anyway, since I work from home and Stacey works in town, neither of us need to leave Valparaiso most days.  So I was interested enough to click through to the Peapod website… where I learned that this happy little electric car has a top speed of 25 mph.

Nope.  Uh-uh.  I wouldn’t want to do that to the drivers around me.  It doesn’t matter how cute and energy-efficient and “green” they are — I can’t imagine being stuck behind one of these, even for 5 minutes in town.

Would you?

I was reading in the current issue of Time magazine about the growing number of lectures available for free online from Ivy League universities and unique conferences like TED.  The following video was mentioned in the article, and I must say… it’s fascinating!  Hans Rosling shares statistics on global health, debunking myths about developing nations “with the drama and urgency of a sportscaster,” thanks in part to some cool software his company has developed.  He’s quirky and funny and clearly passionate about what the data tells us about our world.

TED.com has lots of interesting videos on all sorts of topics, from skydiving to comedy to tech gear to business.  Check ‘em out, and if you find a favorite, share it in the comments!

17 Apr 2009

Twitter’s Biz Stone on The Colbert Report

Author: rich | Filed under: funny, interesting, videos

A couple weeks ago, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was interviewed on The Colbert Report.  If you’re curious about Twitter and want a basic introduction, or just want to see one of the faces behind this growing phenomenon, here’s your chance.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Biz Stone
colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name Contest

If you’re not familiar with The Colbert Report, the whole thing is a spoof on ego-centric, conservative cable TV news shows. Pretty funny.

Someone just passed this my way, and I enjoyed it enough to pass it along to you.


You can find out more by visiting www.playingforchange.com.

(And you can share it with a friend using the links below…)