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Spiritual Life

Learning to appreciate the passion others have for Christ

I really appreciate a musical band called Keane. They are not a Christian band, but I like their sound.

I like bands with a distinctive or unique sound, people who are doing something musically different and interesting. They played in the Bay Area a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t able to attend, which was a big disappointment for me. They performed on a Saturday night, which is often busy for pastors. I like their sound, but I’m not a groupie – at least not yet. There is an edge between enjoyment of a band and devotion to it.

I don’t know if you have met anyone who was a wonderful person except that he or she had a passion for a particular band or type of music. That love for the music could make them irritating after a while – or sooner, now that I think about it. My friend went on one blind date with a woman whose entire life revolved around Bon Jovi and the band’s concerts. My friend left in the middle of the date.

People get passionate about all sorts of things, even God. In fact, an ardent God, who is enthusiastic about His creation, loves us so much that He looked at His creation and called it good.

It must be hard not to pay attention to the God who loves us so much; at least I find it very hard. So when people come up to you to share their passion for God, they are trying to share with you something deep and important to them. God has found them and they would love for you to be found, too. It isn’t a bad thing, although if someone is really opposed to God because of past experiences, I can see how it might be unwelcome. But I assure you it is with the best of intentions. They have found something in God that can be found nowhere else – contentment, peace, grace and love. The Christians around you want that for you as well. It is even better than a Bon Jovi concert. At least I assume that’s true, as I haven’t yet been to a Bon Jovi concert.

Real passion can get washed out or tempered by societal pressures and time. Yet for thousands of years, Christians have been passionate about loving God and loving others as a part of their worship of God.

Live passionately; find your joy in Christ. And if you aren’t there yet, at least appreciate the passion others have for God. I hope it is intended to bring you joy as well, and grace and passion.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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