On The Same Side: Band and Creative Arts Devotion

I came across this daily devotion by Brennan Manning purely unexpectedly today. It seemed to me to be rather convicting:

It was John who said, “Master, we saw a man using your name to expel demons, and we tried to stop him because he is not of our company.” Jesus told him in reply, “Do not stop him, for any man who is not against you is on your side.” A beautiful ecumenical gesture here. Anyone, regardless of denominational label or theological stance, whether self-righteous, theatrical, pompous, doctrinaire, tract ridden, a fundamentalist, or a Bible banger, anyone who invokes the name of Jesus reverently, is to be accepted as a brother or sister in the Lord. Cultural baggage notwithstanding, the person is saying, “I’m on your side.” (Brennan Manning, Reflections for Ragamuffins)

I credit this man, Brennan Manning, with saving my broken heart. He taught me there is beauty in being a “ragamuffin.” Read all of his books!

If you know anything at all about me, you know that I’m passionately opposed to this us vs. them mentality within the church and between Christian vs. non-Christian. (I really like to call non-Christians “pre-Believers,” because I believe Jesus has a plan to rescue them). So for the love of all things holy, let’s stop our judgmental nonsense, and love people the way Jesus does..

Don’t criticize one another, brothers. He who criticizes a brother or judges his brother criticizes the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one lawgiver and judge who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?  (James 4:11-12)

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