OHIO VALLEY DISTRICT
The Divine Seeker
Romans 8:37-39, No! in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I must confess to forgetting the truth and power of God as Paul presents it in the scripture when we discuss, debate, argue, and injure one another over the issues roiling our denomination. We have done and said some horrific things to one another in the past few years. I fear more behavior that resembles our culture’s politics rather than the peaceful Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It causes me grief to see us treat one another in ways that are other than Christian, and in ways that are not loving. I am in rela-tionship with Traditionalists, Centrists, and Progressives. Christ binds us together with Cords of Love that cannot be broken. Yet, we seem bent on breaking all the bonds of peace. I have heard and seen all groups demand their own way, shame others, judge others, and give in to anger. Truth be known, sometimes I have participated in it. Please forgive me.
This all grieves me. For quite some time we have written about those seeking God. We have had Sunday School classes called Seekers. Books and articles have been written about those seeking God. The assumption is that people seek God. There is some truth in that. We were created to be in relationship with God and one another. The greater truth is God seeks us. If the name seeker is to be used, we should capitalize it and use it as a name for God.
Human seekers are rather distracted, less than half-hearted, and quite likely to seek something (really anything) other than God. The Divine Seeker is entirely different. This Seeker is fully committed, all in, relentless, focused, tireless, without a single pause, and does not fail. God’s love requires no less. Does not matter where we go, what we do, what we say, or think; God seeks us out in love inviting us into relationship. Every human being on the planet is constantly invited into Grace. Location, Thought, Behavior, Words, none of these can prevent the Seeker from fully loving and embracing you/us! This is God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit.
You might be Traditional, Centrist, or Progressive (few of us are any one of these things. We are all a mixture of these three), doesn’t matter. The Seeker pursues you, loves you, wants you, finds you to be beautiful and wonderful.
We find it quite difficult to believe that God finds all of us to be worth seeking, let alone beautiful and wonderful. We do not see others in this way. We often do not see ourselves this way. We certainly are not seekers like God is a Seeker. What we see is not how we are alike in the eyes of God, but all the ways we differ from one another. We major in seeing differences, and then using these differences as a means of separating one from another for the purpose of condemnation. We seek a church and a god made in our own image. Such is our idolatry. We seem to never learn. We forget the basic stories of Jesus. We forget all the sinners, ragamuffins, excluded, ignored, and condemned people Jesus loved, accepted, and forgave.
I do not know where we will end up. I know too many of us pursue our own ends without regard to Jesus Christ and one another to have much hope that we will remain one body deeply in love with the Lord and one another. But I have great hope in the Seeker! God will pursue us in the face of our sin and idolatry. God will pursue all the silly Traditionalists, Centrists, and Progressives into whatever hole we run down into seeking something other than God. I have great hope in a Love that will not fail. I have great hope in the Seeker who makes us MORE than conquerors (any bully can be a conqueror). I have great hope in God who gives life from death, finds the lost, gives rest to the weary, heals the sick, frees the prisoner, restores the forsaken, and gives justice to the innocent. Hope? Yes, lots of hope in Jesus Christ.
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Rev. Bruce Hitchcock
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