It may seem like the world is falling apart if you pay attention to the news. Nobody wears black or white hats anymore so it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Traditional boundaries are being moved if not completely done away with … this is not all bad even if you wish Tom Landry was still walking the sidelines in a suit and Fedora.
What I mean is the gatekeepers have lost, ding dong the witch is dead … the Pharisees have been stripped of their power for the most part and that’s good because it’s the gatekeepers that have typically decided who could get in and who was kept out. Sunday mornings are starting to look a little more like Heaven. Ink or no ink — it doesn’t matter — sandals or high heels are all the same (Romans 10:12 & Galatians 3:28).
See, you don’t have to be kosher to share the table with the Rabbi — in fact if you shared His table, Jesus would make you kosher.
Psalm 24:9 & 10 puts it like this, “Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors [gate and door keepers — take notice], that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!”
Church is no democracy. The King rules and the King looks past our outward appearance and looks to our hearts. All are welcome and we all come as we are!
It has been hard, but I have hung up my keys … we recognized last week that the veil has been torn and Gentile dogs like me are now able to get past any self-appointed gatekeeper and crash the party. I don’t ever want to forget how it feels to be “in,” and I want to put out the welcome mat for others. Does that make sense? Exclusivity has no place in the kingdom. We are all a nobody, telling everybody, about somebody who can save anybody.
My friend Steve Brown asks, “How can this be, what happened?” Easter happened, Jesus happened. It is the spiritual equivalent of Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus.
There is an old John Masefield play called “The Trial of Jesus.” In the play a centurion is asked by Pilate’s wife if he thinks Jesus is dead. His reply is, “No. He’s been let loose in the world where neither Roman nor Jew can stop Him.”
I read about a couple who had stopped at what we used a call a greasy spoon. They were waiting in this cafe for their food when a motorcycle gang came in. One tough guy came over and pounded his fist on their table and asked, “Who are you with?” Without a thought they said, “We’re with you!”
That’s the question Christ is asking today … who are we with? Are we going to guard the gates or let in the King?
Ken Ansell is the pastor of Community Life Church in Waxahachie (www.communitylifechurch.tv). The church meets at 10:30 Sunday mornings at the Waxahachie Country Club.