GORDO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Actions and Attitudes are Everything!
scripture we read, Jesus begins talking about the 6th Commandment
from the original law, the Ten Commandments. Jesus is basically saying you have
all heard and are aware of the fact that it is a sin to commit murder. However,
let me tell you something more. If you are angry with someone without a
legitimate reason, you will also be subject to judgment. Also, if you call
someone the name, Raca, which means empty headed fool, you will be brought
before the church leaders or possibly the courts. If you say to someone, “You
fool!” you will be subject to the fires of hell. That may be talking of a
punishment for people that they knew from their past, mentioned in Jeremiah
7:31-32, initially a place of evil human sacrifice in an always burning fire.
Jesus may have been referencing, however, the eternal punishment for those who
sin against God. Jesus is not changing the Law of Moses by watering it down. He
is actually letting everyone know not only evil actions such as murder will
bring judgment, but also more innocent-seeming words can be just as damaging to
everyone. Jesus then goes on to say that if you have a problem with your
brother or sister, or if you know they have a problem with you, do not offer
your gift to God until you have made a legitimate effort to get the problem
resolved. Once you have done that, then you can confidently offer your gift to
God and know he will bless you for it. Jesus goes on to give one more final
encouragement to the people about actions and attitudes. If the problem is so
big that a brother or sister is taking you to court, go to them. If you have
honestly done nothing wrong, listen to them so you understand these problems.
Maybe you can help them understand why you did what you did and they will
realize it was just a misunderstanding. The same thing may be true with you.
Maybe you did do something wrong but did not realize it was that big a deal to
them. You can stop a smaller problem before it gets too big. Jesus is warning that
you never know how things may work out. You may be thrown in prison just
because you were too stubborn to listen to the complaint before it was too
believe any of this applies to us today? Let us look at these one more time,
one at a time. All of us, I believe, understand murder is a crime in America
and is clearly a sin against God and man. We should all understand, there will
be consequences from this nation, and if the sin is not dealt with before God,
eternal punishment as well.
ones can get a bit trickier. They are about anger that is blown out of
proportion. And two different types of name calling. Do we ever get mad at
people when we think we understand all the facts only to find out there was
more to the story? If that has happened either by us or to us, has it created a
problem that became really difficult to fix just because we or someone else
jumped to conclusions? What about name calling? In reality, is it ever
appropriate? If you remember, I admitted I had to reduce the news I was
watching because it was frustrating me, even making me mad. I was thinking, and
in a limited setting saying, things about some of the leaders that were wrong.
I have found myself slipping back into that same attitude. It is one thing to
have legitimate disagreements with one another or with our leaders. It is
another thing altogether to reduce yourself to a place of name calling. That is
never going to accomplish anything but generate more anger. That is why Jesus
was pointing out murder is pretty clear cut, but there are other things we do
to one another that are just about as bad. In fact, those things that are said
and done may be so damaging that we may cause others to give up on God, the
church, our families, or one another. That is why Jesus then offered a
potential solution. If you want to be right with God as best you can, be right
with your brothers and sisters walking this earth with you. Do everything in
your power to live at peace with one another. This principle is restated by
Paul in Romans 12:18 which says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on
you, live at peace with everyone.”
things out by warning that in the most extreme cases you could actually go to
jail because you refused to make a problem go away while there was still time.
Jesus is telling us all that both actions and attitudes can get us in trouble
with one another and can separate us from God. The old saying, “Sticks and
stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” just is not always
true. May we honestly look at not only what we do, but also be honest with what
we say to and about one another. God is watching. The Holy Spirit can guide us
into a better understanding of how we deal with the different situations we
face in life. Jesus is not saying we cannot stand up for what is right. We
should never compromise on God’s truth--that should be our guiding principle.
However, Jesus is reminding us God wants us to be respectful and patient as we
speak as well as live God’s truth.
Bible Study 9:30 Tuesday
Submissions for November newsletter due Nov. 3.
November 5, 6 District Conference
November 10—Board Meeting
November 21—Council meeting after worship
November 28—Walt Wiltschek, our new DE, will preach.
Afterwards, we’ll have a soup luncheon, and then we will decorate the sanctuary
Care package snacks due by Nov 14. Let Carol
know of any who should receive one. Sadie S., Jordan W., Michelle W., Madison
The women will be taking orders for candy soon.
Watch for details.
Offering plates are in the back of the sanctuary. Thank
Donation Box: Pastor’s Assistance Fund
First Sundays: food donations for food banks
Pastor Larry Traxler- (217) 454-2362
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of the Brethren vision statement:
Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately
live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ
through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To move us forward, we will
develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative,
adaptable, and fearless.
God, grow with others, serve faithfully, reach the lost, find peace.