A few days ago, I was able to take a new look at Allan Bloom’s book, “The Closing of the American Mind.” In one sentence that stands out, Bloom writes: “The conflict between good and evil has been replaced with ‘I am OK, you’re OK.'” Any thought of the words of Jesus have long disappeared, especially these words where Jesus said: “You, therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Almost everyone hearing these words concludes: you must be perfect, responds with you must be kidding. That is our way of concluding, no one is perfect.
Yet this teaching of Jesus simply cannot be brushed aside with the simple conclusion, no one is perfect. Even if we cannot be perfect in every way, that does not dismiss the challenge to try to be more like Jesus in the way we think, the way we act and the way we try to live.
I do hope you will take a moment and read the scripture selected for our thoughts on Sunday: Matthew 5: 43-48.
With love and gratitude,
Temporary Supply Pastor