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Patience, Junk and Love

September 9, 2014

“People are to be loved in light of the destiny intended for them by their Creator,” wrote Wolfhart Pannenberg, a brilliant Christian theologian who died this past Friday, September 5th.

You and I are perhaps overly-familiar phrases are “Please be patient with me, God’s not finished with me yet” and “God don’t make no junk.”

They serve best to remind us of the ongoing nature of our faith development and of God’s love for us.  Both are truths we need to remember and live.

Our various Christian traditions would not have us stop there, however.  We are not told to keep the attention on ourselves, but to shift our focus to others.  For example,

Please be patient with those around you,

God’s not finished with them yet, either

and

God don’t make no junk, including those other people.

John 3:16 & 17 tell us of the shockingly broad sweep of Christ’s love: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Or as the late, great Pannenberg put it: “People are to be loved in light of the destiny intended for them by their Creator.”

That includes us, and that includes them…whoever your “them” might be, they “are to be loved in light of the destiny intended for them by their Creator.”

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