"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." - John 13:34-35
It seems so simple. Jesus just got done washing the disciple's nasty feet. He cleaned them up nice and shiny and then said - that's how you love each other. And when you do that, people will know me.
Oh my, how we have messed this one up. It's such a simple formula. Love. Serve. That's it. And all will know that we are Christians.
Notice what Jesus didn't say:
"Condemn people to hell"
"Use fear tactics to get people to accept me..."
"Judge the way other people live"
Sad. Just sad. I wonder what Jesus thinks of all of this......
And so we begin again. We come to the cross and we ask God to fill us with love. We wash people's feet - not so they can be all squeaky clean - but so we can show them that God is one who chooses to dwell in the dirt with them.
And they'll know we are Christians.....by our love.