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It’s easy to convince yourself that you are holy when you live your life inside the protective walls of a monastery; or to judge a fellow disciple for sinking in the waves, while you sit comfortably in the back of the boat. A reservist may think that serving a couple of weeks a year qualifies them as a warrior, but it does not compare with manning the frontlines on a daily basis.

Nothing stirred Jesus’ ire more than a smug religious attitude, and I find myself feeling the same way.  It reminds me of something Mahatma Gandhi said, “Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians – you are not like him.” Jesus said that people would be able to distinguish His followers by the way they love each other. Until we get that right, we shouldn’t expect to have much impact on a lost world.

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