La Junta UMC
La Junta UMC

“The Cause to Love “                          “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13: 34

There is an African proverb that states “If there is cause to hate someone, the cause to love has just begun.”

 

Why is it so hard for us to love each other?

 

If we pause to ask ourselves that question, but also frame it in the context that Jesus loves us just as we are-in our brokenness, our depravity, and our sinfulness-why do we struggle to love others at all?

 

What is it about the “other” that causes us so much disdain, contempt, and even at times, hate?

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an extraordinary pastor exemplifying courage in the face of incredible personal danger, was killed by Nazi Germany for actively refusing to help the government collect and murder Jewish men, woman, and children. Bonhoeffer refused to let the prevailing ideology of hate decide his actions, even at his own personal risk.

He stated that “Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin. Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves.”

 

Cheap grace is the grace we give ourselves to excuse our own behaviors and complicity without any accountability and responsibility.

 

While the scripture today from Jesus is clear that “we MUST love each other just as I have loved you”, I wonder if most of us really understand that it is far from a standard practice for many Christians in our country and world today.

 

The call from Jesus? The demand from Jesus? Loving each other just as Jesus has loved us without any of the denialism, bias, or excuses.

 

No cheap grace to bestow on ourselves as a soothing balm but instead extreme ownership, repentance, and acknowledgement to help begin creating something new and better out of genuine care and love for each other.

 

May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward

 

 

Upcoming Events:

      Adult Studies:

We are meeting at 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall.

We will take July 28 through August 25 off. Stay tuned for our new study coming in September. 

 

Monthly Potluck:

Join us on the Second Sunday of every month, with the exception of September, 2021, when our potluck will be on September 26 in conjunction with Church in the Park. 

 

 

Military Appreciation Breakfast

Third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.:

Veterans and Active Military and their Significant Others, join us for a hearty breakfast as we share our appreciatoin for your service.

 

United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting:

Third Thursday of every month: August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18

 

United Methodist Men's Monthly Breakfast:

*Postponed Until Further Notice

 

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 8-12 am

Wednesday: 8-11 am

Thursday: 8-11 am

Contact Us

La Junta United Methodist Church

601 San Juan Ave

La Junta, CO 81050

 

Phone: (719) 384-7717

E-mail: umclj@centurytel.net

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