It is not uncommon for theological perspective to form concepts which, by a spirit of religiosity, doctrine, and ceremony, obliterates and perverts the simple message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sadly, this religious orientation renders the theologian unobservant to the consequences of his actions.
Jesus preached primarily on the subject of The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. He preached that He didn’t come to abolish The Law but to fulfill them (Mt 5:17). He said, this is my commandment: that you love one another…(Jn 15:12). A comprehensive review of The Parables from all 4 Gospels would serve as a reminder of our purpose in the army of The Lord…a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation…a peculiar people that show forth the Praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His Marvelous Light (I Pe 2:9,10).
There are so many people who appear ungodly and unlovable, many wounded from being rejected by shepherds who failed to discern them as a baby lamb, a lamb that the wolves have attacked, or a lamb that knew not a herd. They probably dress poorly, speak abruptly, and use alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism for their pain. Beware! A quick review of The Parodical Son should serve as a reminder of The Love of God for the lambs you ignore and reject.
There was a homeless man who set out to find Jesus. He had met Jesus while in prison and the two of them spent a lot of time together. When he was released, he couldn’t find Jesus on the streets of the busy city, though he searched both day and night.
One day, he saw a church with a big, bright sign above its door…”COME to JESUS!” As tears flooded his eyes he rushed in and sat in a back pew. Oh, he wished he had new clothes, a haircut, new shoes… then suddenly, one of the Pastors approached him and asked him to leave and not to return until he made himself presentable! As the man left sobbing, his hopes forever dashed, Jesus appeared saying, “Dry your eyes, for I am not welcomed here either!”
My final admonishment is to remember the spiritual laws regarding mercy; and yes, there are spiritual laws which govern the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Be merciful and judge not. Remember, you could even be entertaining angels unaware (He 13:2).