22 August, 2019
Written by Paula Harrington
Please don’t confuse Jesus with our celebrities.
Please don’t confuse Jesus with our politicians.
Please don’t confuse Jesus with our news organizations.
Please don’t confuse Jesus with our religious teachers, preachers, worship ministers, and pastors.
Jesus is the one who calls us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit the imprisioned regardless of their status or documentation. He’s the one who expects us to forgive our enemies, lay down our plans for others, and go the extra mile. He calls us to love others as he loves us. He builds bridges not walls. He gives justice to the oppressed…
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