In Luke 6, Jesus is quoted as saying:
‘Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.’
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?”
Good question Jesus. Why do we do that? Makes no sense does it?
We call Jesus “Lord,” and then turn around and ignore what he has to say. Why?
We call Jesus “Lord” and then go to politics and pretend that Jesus isn’t Lord over politics and how politics is done and what policies are implemented. Why?
We call Jesus “Lord” and then come across people who are different from us and ignore what Jesus says about them. We instead listen to another set of “lords” – anger and fear – and follow what they tell us to do and say. Why?
We call Jesus “Lord” and then ignore what Jesus says about money. Why?
We call Jesus “Lord” and then ignore what Jesus said and did with the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the outcast, etc. Why?
Are we embarrassed by Jesus? Do we think he’s a nice guy, but really doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about? Do we think Jesus’ way is fine when everything is going well, otherwise we need to use the wisdom of the world in tough situations? What kind of followers are we?
We call Jesus “Lord,” but what does that really mean? The title means that Jesus is in charge – completely. Yet is he? Is he in charge of your life? I mean really in charge. Is he really in charge when it comes to how we interact with others? Is he in charge over your politics and ideology? Is he in charge over your money? Is he in charge over your communications? Is he in charge over how you interact with your enemies? Is he in charge when it comes to how we care for the poor?
Or are we just like the people Jesus was talking to when he asked “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?”