Wednesday Word 6.7.2017

Acts 2:1-13New International 

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled theNow there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Some things never change.  Poking fun is a very common human reaction to things not understood. We all resort to it sometimes. Mocking and making derisive or sarcastic remarks can become an unattractive habit for some.  These shallow impressions can lead to judgements that form attitudes and prejudices. Take bluegrass music for instance.  As a child and teen, I would moan and groan when the bluegrass/ classic country station was selected in the car, complete with eye rolling, whining and knee slapping. How could my parents stand it?  Then, in my thirties, I began to enjoy some of that old country I was force fed as a child.  Then I came across bluegrass.  The skill and musicianship demanded by this genre is phenomenal. It demands perfection. Now I love, love, love it!  Well, you should have heard the mockery from my sister…until she came with my mother and me to a concert.  Another convert! We don’t know what we don’t know.

It may very well be that people who do not understand this whole God-thing and what we get out of it will mock you.  It may very well be that they will judge you harshly, calling you a dupe of big religion or what’s worse, a hypocrite.  They may have no telling what kind of negative impression of God-people in general.  Just exactly like the people who sneered at the disciples receiving the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost.  It is because they don’t know what we know.  It is our job to show them.

It is our job to let them know that they are loved, even when they mess up, exactly as we are loved even when we mess up. It is our job to let them know that they do not need to live in fear. It is our job to show them how being loved has affected our everyday lives; what it is like to know we are never alone.  It is our job, no matter how the message is received. We need to show them that it isn’t what we get out of it (which is more than we could describe); rather, it is what God wants from us and from his world. Jesus told us so (Matthew 28:18-20)…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki