Saturday, September 1, 2012
Good News From Christianity: Free Hugs Campaign - Official Page (music by Sick Puppies.net )
To be clear right off the bat, this isn't a Christian video. However, it works on the values of love your neighbor as yourself. The point here is that outreach to others can be as simple as this. The Beatitudes (which is understood as a form of blessing in the biblical world) in Matthew, part of Jesus most powerful sermon, may be seen as a vision for living a beautiful life in this world.
Matthew 5: 1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
However, please note that Jesus does not provide a blueprint for how to be meek, how to satisfy the thirst and hunger for social justice, how to pursue peace, etc. Those things are left up to your imagination and personal gifts. How will you live out this vision?
I know a pastor who years ago was visiting an elderly woman (note in the video that the first person to accept a hug is also an elderly woman) who had been living a hard and lonely life. Before leaving the pastor asked if there was anything he could do for her. She asked for a hug. He obliged her simple request. She broke down. It had been ten years since anyone had touched her with anything other than clinical detachment. So, how will you live out this vision of a joyful world based on God's ideals for how we should live together in love?
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