Fence Post of Faith Sept. 2009

Did everybody survive the storm at Waterloo Barrel Bash on Sunday that was some wind and rain storm? We had a nice crowd for Cowboy Church there that day, earlier in the week I had an Eye Infection and didn’t think I was going to be able to read my scripture reading, Renea’s dad Doc Beach look at my eye and got me some drops to help, When you only have one eye to work with its kind of important to take care of it. Thanks Doc.  Well Sept. is a busy month for Barrel Bash with Topeka Kansas Sept. 5-7 and Huron South Dakota Sept 18-20 two great barrel racing to go too. Hope everyone keeps up the support for Renea and the Barrel Bash series, with times the way they are she has not given up on the Midwest.

After the Cowboy Church service at Waterloo, I had a barrel racer approach me about posting my sermon I used that day on “Getting rid of Resentment”. I’ll try to cut it down for Fence Post of Faith, it would be hard to post the whole sermon but here it goes.

We all face  resentment somewhere in life, but in Luke 6 Jesus suggest the true test of Christian Discipleship is not how well we get along with friends, but how adept we are at loving our enemies.  Let’s be honest we all deal with people we do not like

We don’t like people who make us feel inferior, We don’t like people who think they are always right, We don’t like people who find fault with everything but have no constructive solutions for anything,   We don’t like people who pretend to be what they are not, We don’t like people who vies everything in life in terms of what it will mean to their own comfort and success. Did I miss any?

What we don’t like about other people is the basis for conflict and resentment between neighbors, employer and employee’s, between Barrel Racers, parents and children, and husband and wife.  There really is a lot of resentment in this world today. And it all adds up to this: The test of Christian Discipleship is to be able to love people we do not like.

Jesus used Agape Love when he said; “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES” When you think about those words it begins to throw some light on our problem. You can love your enemies in spite of the fact that you do not like them, because we can control our will. Whereas we cannot command our feelings, or emotions.

We can put it down as fact that Jesus never says we must like our enemies, what he commands is that we desire their welfare, that we seek their highest  good, whether we like them or not.

Here are a few more scriptures to remember when it comes to Resentment: DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU” “IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM; IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM DRINK. DO NOT BE OVERCOME BY EVIL, BUT OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD. And the last one is the most important and the hardest for most people “PRAY FOR THOSE WHO TREAT YOU SPITEFUL.”

That’s right “Pray for those who treat you spiteful, first we must love our enemies, in the sense of desiring their welfare. Second, do good to those who hate you. And finally, pray for them. Jesus adds emphasis to this last step by saying it in two different ways: “Bless those who curse you, “he says, “and pray for those who abuse you.” Imagine that Jesus named these steps twice in order to emphasize its importance! Essentially, he says this: when you arrived to the point when you can invoke a word of blessing on the person who has made himself or herself your enemy, then pray for them. I think what Jesus is saying is that every time the name of the person you dislike is mentioned, breath a prayer on that person, or on a horse deal went bad, we beat down riding resentment by a barrage of prayer.

In closing I ask you to try these things “Love your enemies, and do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who treat you spitefully.

I won’t be going to Topeka or Huron, but if there Is someone out there that would want to do a cowboy church email me jk_metcalf@homtail.com  or Renea at bolling@iowatelecom.net

Adios and remember never squat with your spurs on when doing your thing and always drink upstream from the herd.

Jeff Metcalf