Happy Saturday to you. I almost never post new blogs on the weekend, but I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of things in today’s post before next week. In December of last year, I wrote an article about some things to beware of in organic church life. That article was posted in last Thursday’s edition of House 2 House magazine. Check it out HERE if you get a minute.
The second thing that I’d like to tell you about has to do with a word that has been on my mind recently…
Webster defines advocate in this way:
“One that pleads the cause of another; specifically : one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court”.
We all need an advocate because we all have an accuser. This accuser continually seeks to put an identity on us that is fitting of slaves, not free people. And free people we are. Whenever this occurs, we need an advocate. Thankfully, we have an advocate in the person of Jesus Christ.
Make no mistake about it, however. This advocate is not simply a mystical advocacy that exists in some unseen realm only, (although that is true), this advocate lives in us and expresses Himself through us to advocate for one another in the face of false identities and accusations that are placed on us from our accuser.
12 Years A Slave
I recently saw a film called 12 Years A Slave that I would highly recommend to our readers. Warning, this film is not an easy film to watch. It is quite intense almost from start to finish. Without spoiling the film for you, I think I can safely say that in this film you’ll see accusation and a false identity placed on a free man. You’ll see brutal slavery, and you’ll see what it looks like for a man to be in desperate need of an advocate.
While I hope to write more about this film at a later date, I hope in the meantime this film will open our eyes to see how dangerous and enslaving a false identity from an accuser can be, and how necessary it is for us to allow Christ to advocate for one another through us. If you haven’t seen it yet, this might be a good weekend to watch it.