“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 4: 13-14 (NIV)
Today’s poem is a modern day reenactment of John 4, Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. I think this one of the many chapters in the Bible that people today should especially read. We are living in a time when Christians are painted as the enemy. We’re judgmental, hypocritical, homophobic, racist. We place ourselves on pedestals, shout from our soapboxes our self-righteous propaganda. We ban people from coming to church. Satisfied with our own salvation, we could care less if the rest of the world goes to hell.
Even I have had such thoughts. When the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide just a few days ago, I wanted Jesus to return that day and send everyone who spat God in the face supporting something He outright called wicked and abominable (Leviticus 18: 22; Romans 1: 26; 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10) straight to hell. The night before, I had a dream about a demon in my closet, and I immediately tied it to the Supreme Court ruling.
Then the Lord spoke to me and asked if I was truly confident that I wouldn’t be left behind too. Would I be ready for him? When he came, would I be doing something I would want him to see me doing? Would I be embarrassed? Did that demon in my closet really represent the legalization of gay marriage, or did it represent problems God has with me that I still need to fix?
Pointing our fingers toward all the sinners of the world, we fail to see three fingers are pointing right back at us.
“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”
James 4: 12
Like the Samaritan woman, at some point in our lives, we have all been shunned by other Christians because of who we are, how we look, or what we’ve done. But isn’t it great to know that it is not other Christians we need to please. It is not other Christians who will have final judgment. I hope that one day, the world will view Christians as the spitting image of Christ and not this hateful group we’re seen as today. We may not be perfect, but we should still aspire to be Christ-like. Only one person lived on this earth perfect and free from sin, and it is by God’s grace the we are redeemed and given eternal life through the sacrifice of that person, Jesus Christ (Romans 3: 22-24).
So we’ll continue to teach the Word of God and Gospel of Jesus Christ in love, and although we believe the one law—one that has never changed and never will change—should reign supreme in this country and in this world, we’ll leave that to the Father in Heaven. He’ll have the last word over my life, your life, and the lives of all who inhabit this earth.