Do you remember Dolly the Sheep? Dolly was a sheep cloned by scientists in 1996. She was a pioneer. Cloning animals has become pretty common place since then. Now we kind of try to avoid GMOs, but this isn’t a soapbox for that topic. I bring up Dolly because she (brace yourself) reminds me a bit of Jesus. Yep! I did it. I compared a sheep made in a lab to the Lamb of God. You’ll be alright.
We know who our neighbors are, in the biblical sense. But I wonder if we know who ‘people’ is. I’ll spare you the suspense: WE are people—you and I. An element of this command that I don’t think gets enough attention is the “as yourself” part. Love your neighbor as YOURSELF. This means we have to love ourselves.
What’s the first thing you learned how to do as a kid? There are so many things I was taught and learned as a kid. I’m not sure I could pinpoint what the very first thing was, but I’m willing to bet I remember how to do it. In fact, at this point, it’s probably something that comes second nature. When we are first learning to do something, there are often stages of learning that we build upon as we go on.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American church is met with several challenges and quite a few questions. One the most important questions we are faced with is, “What have we been doing? Will it still work? Should we even have been doing it in the first place?”
When you think about going to church, what do you picture? Take a moment—get that image in your mind. Do you see it? Can you identify the type of emotions you experience?