Ism’s, Schism’s and A Prayer for Fierce Unity and Love.

Ism’s.

Racism. Sexism. Ageism. Unfortunately-the list goes on forever. The truth is from ethnicity to religion to hairstyle etc. We isolate from and judge others. As less than.  We use ism’s to differentiate. Some, are not bad, they are simply categories.(Even though in general, I hate categories and labels.) I won’t waste words listing those here. You know them. I’m talking about the destructive ones today.

Schism’s: From denominational to political we isolate and judge each other based on things that divide us idealistically.  Maybe, it’s because we believe the ideas and those ho hold them- are less than. Maybe, it’s because they are tensions we don’t know how to manage. It’s easier to segregate than to integrate. On a lot of levels. Not just racially.

The fact is: Ism’s and schism’s hurt. Ism’s and schism’s can become dangerous and even lethal. To more than bodies. To hearts and souls. We can debate ourselves to death on their existence, or we can make a difference.I choose to make a difference. I choose love. I choose to struggle to get beyond my own ism’s and schism’s and love people.

ALL people.

Ism’s and schism’s break my heart.. and I believe they break the very heart of God.

The news over the past few months is evidence of the damage and hurt ism’s and schism’s cause. I don’t have answers. I just have: prayers. And commitment.

“Dear Lord… reveal our heart’s ism’s and schism’s. Bring your peace that passes understanding into our lives and relationships. Let us each be loving. Make me more loving Lord. Bring comfort to the hurt and hurting. Prepare us each to do our part to make that difference. Help us to find a way to love when we disagree, to be rid of all prejudice, to bring justice and mercy to an all too often un unjust and unmerciful world. Let it begin with each of us. Even here. I Love you lord. I pray for you to move in hearts and lives. This is beyond our humanness. Make us fiercely united instead of divided. Make us fiercely loving where we’re fiercely judgmental. We need YOU. In Jesus name- Amen.

I’ll let Jesus and His life Speak for himself- Something to think about: If he can wash the feet of his betrayer… we can probably find grace and mercy and love for each other.

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
18 “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill this passage of Scripture: ‘He who shared my bread has turned[a] against me.’[b]

19 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him,[c] God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

PS- a nod to Jen Hatmaker, who prolly won’t see this but I want to give credit…she inspired part of this post by praying for fierce unity…. This post has been in my “MUST write” file for a long time… I decided today is the day. It’s time.

 

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