Let me suggest another take on the act and art of being holy. It’s in the Bible…so it’s part of my “marching orders.” It’s been defined in sermon after sermon.
Typically…in fact in most every sermon and teaching I’ve ever heard…the perception left could be stated in these words:
Holiness = Sinning Less
Instead, I believe there’s another take that is more in keeping with the mission of Jesus. I state even further that the following definition is what needs to be the primary emphasis of our teachings and thinking:
Be Holy = Love More
“Love More” may strike you as a different subject altogether. However God is, in very nature, love and holy. Our western minds parse that into segments, but He is all of what He is…all together.
I would also extend that observation to say that “Be holy as I am holy” in 1st Peter 1:16-18 is less of a order and more of an invitation.
I believe that there are many issues that we are treating as COMMANDS (Do this because I say or you’re gonna fry) that are, in fact, “invitations” to walk in the Jesus kind of life.
I often say to the gathering of people where I am privileged to be the lead pastor, “The Bible is overflowing with invitations to experience.”
To sum up…
I’m not winking at acts and attitudes of the flesh that we all deal with and describe as sin.
I am saying that, for me, a more authentic thought would be…
Be more loving as I am fully loving. That’s the way to experience the beauty and power of God in the lives of those around you.
What are your thoughts? Chime in in the comments because authentic Christianity is more about have a relationship with our Savior in community than the Western emphasis on have a ‘personal savior’ (Shoot…you can comment on that statement too if you wish.)