We Cannot Be Neutral

...I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward

Mark 9:41
Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus says to His disciples “Anyone who is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40).

A pastor was asked about his Church membership. “We have eight hundred members,” he said. “How many active members?” the questioner asked. “All of them,” the pastor replied. “Half are working with me and half are working against me.” He then spelled it out in terms of what he called a Basin Theology: “In the story of Jesus’ Passion, Jesus showed the disciples by His example what to do about His Presence in their lives. He called for a basin and proceeded to wash their feet. When Pontius Pilate had to decide what to do about Jesus’ Presence in his life, he called for a basin and proceeded to wash his hands of the whole thing.”

“Anyone who is not against us is for us” (Mk. 9:40). In another place, Jesus says,

He who is not with Me is against Me, and…

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