Posted by: Jonathan Stepp | September 21, 2008

We’re all in this Together

We’ve experienced a real energy crisis in Nashville, TN, this weekend and it just shows that life works better when we live in harmony with the Triune Life of God.

The gospel tells us that Jesus is our adoption into the life he shares with the Father and the Spirit. In Jesus there is now one new humanity composed of all people, without regard to race or religion (Eph. 2:14-15).

The life of the Father, Son, and Spirit is a life of love, joy, and mutual sharing of all things. Since we are included in this life, through Jesus, our lives work much better when we are in harmony with this reality of mutual sharing.

This weekend in Nashville we’ve witnessed the truth of this reality in a backwards way. On Friday morning a rumor spread that all the gas stations in town would soon be out of fuel. The result was a panic and a rush on the pumps that resulted in 85% of the stations in town running out of gas in one day!

Most of the experts are saying that if people had only filled up if they really needed to (instead of topping off), and taken only what they needed for the next few days, there would have been plenty of fuel to go around.

Instead we witnessed some people filling up when they only needed a little bit, plus filling cans with any extra they could carry, while those who were truly out of gas ran out as they were waiting in line! Lines at the few stations with fuel backed up for as much as two hours. In one place I counted almost 100 cars in line for gas.

So, instead of living like the Trinity in whom we exist – by being careful to care more for others than ourselves – we ended up making the whole situation much worse by caring more about ourselves.

The Holy Spirit is calling humanity to see and believe that we are in this together: the Father, the Son, the Spirit, and the whole human race. Our lives will be much easier and more joyful when we believe it and start treating each other accordingly.

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  1. A good friend and athiest who I loaned a copy of The Shack to, asked me when he was about half way through, if I thought that relational (trinitarian theology) would stand on it’s own in the absence of God.

    While I reiterated it was impossible objectively for trinitarian theology to exist in a God vaccuum, I told him that I did believe, subjectively speaking, as a philosophy, relational theology is a sound moral and ethical paradigm and the world would be a better place if all practiced it. He fully agreed.

  2. I’m reminded of Rodney King’s solution to racial problems, “Can’t we all just get along?”
    Your solution, Jonathan, to our problems is similar, “… being careful to care more for others than ourselves.”
    I don’t think the solutions depend on us individually or en masse trying to be more loving toward one another.
    I’m not saying that we shouldn’t, or that it isn’t pleasing to God that we do, but it’s not going to solve any of humanity’s problems.
    My point is that it will be as successful as our efforts down through the centuries to end war, famine and disease, and now to “save the planet.”
    That’s not our job. As Barack Obama said recently, in a totally different context, “It’s above my grade level.”

  3. All I know to say is that my faith in the union between Jesus and humanity leads me to be more optimistic about our ability to leave a better world for our children and grand-children

  4. I think I hear what your saying Pastor. This latest blog reminds me of some of the passages from C.S. Lewis book, Mere Christianity which I am reading presently. By the very longing for solutions, by thinking in an unselfish way and even by offering generalized statements of disagreement we “prove” that…does that make sense?

  5. Yes, Kimberly, that does make sense to me! The Father, Son, and Spirit are sharing their life with us. If we have any desire to do good, help others, or make a better world it has to be coming from the Trinity because he is the only good one who exists. Since the Father, Son, and Spirit are the only source of goodness any goodness we desire must be part of his will that he is sharing with us.
    Thanks for the comment!


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