[Papercut Press Publishing]1998-02-09 - Affairs of Various Colors

1 Samuel 15:22- Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice

It is nice to win awards. President Clinton just became the first foreigner to win the coveted award in Brazil as "Macho of the Year". The President of the Macho Movement in Brazil, Luiz Mario Ladiera stated that, no other public figure has honored the traditions of machismo as much as Bill Clinton". The award was given in recognition of "the American President's purported sexual escapades".

On another front, it looks like the TV show Ellen is heading towards cancellation. It appears that since "coming out", the shows ratings have been coming down. Ellen's real life "partner", Anne Heche, is not quite getting the family support she might like. Ms. Heche, in an interview in Us magazine quoted her mother who said to her lesbian daughter, "I don't accept your love affair with Ellen the same way you don't accept my love affair with Jesus Christ."

A love affair with Jesus Christ. I wonder how many Christians in America think of their walk with Christ as a love affair. It is a cute phrase, and Christians are fond of cute phrases. The Well Spring Christian bookstore chain is a testament to the power of "feeling good" faith many Evangelicals have. And there is nothing wrong with feeling good. Feeling good, feels good. The Bible gives us some examples of characters who had love affairs with their Lord.

I think David had such a love affair with God. One can not read Psalm 119 without seeing the love he had for his Lord. In addition, David is not presented to us in Scripture as a Teflon™ figure. He had faults, he made mistakes, even big mistakes, and on behalf of the many Christians who make mistakes, I am thankful that David is real. It gives me hope, for my own fallen condition and my own daily faults. While having a love affair with Christ, I am yet not a perfect follower of Christ.

In the New Testament there are several who serve as examples of loving Christ. The most obvious one would be John, the disciple who Jesus loved and who reclined on Jesus' breast at the Lords Supper (John 13:23). However, I guess I think of Stephen in Acts 7, who, as he was being martyred, "gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God" (Acts 7:55) It might be easier to say that wherever we look in Scripture, examples abound that show the deep love that exists between a follower of Christ and Christ Himself. This love is mutual, in fact, we can not love Him more than He loves us, so great is His love for us.

"Since He looked upon me my heart is not my own, He hath run away to heaven with it." Samuel Rutherford

Soli Deo Gloria,