Weekly Chapel Features Radio Host
By Rachel Judy
February 18, 2011
The Rev. Steve Brown
Rev. Steve Brown has made it his mission to tell Christians one thing: "I know the guilt. I know the demons that come at three in the morning. And I thought you ought to know that Jesus isn't angry at all," Brown said. "We're covered. Sin's not even the issue anymore. So quit obsessing over it. Obsess over Jesus."
Speaking at Regent University's weekly chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 16, Brown asked students, faculty and staff to step beyond themselves and see the world through different eyes—eyes of compassion. He acknowledged that, for Christians, the idea of living between two kingdoms (earthly and heavenly) can be a challenge and often results in missteps and mistakes along the way. "It's hard to be a part of this world, isn't it?" he said.
Referencing the story in Matthew and Luke where Jesus stands above Jerusalem and weeps for the city, Brown cited Jesus' tears as the key to effectively living in two kingdoms at once. "The reason [non-Christians] don't listen is because they don't see any tears," he said. "We show mercy without tears and all we seem like are self-righteous do-gooders."
Brown sees tears as an outward sign of an inward condition—a desire to extend mercy and grace toward everyone, regardless of the past. He noted that often Christians have tried to rely on certain words or actions without addressing the emotions that should drive those words or actions. "It's important that we have dirt under our fingernails," Brown admitted. "But we gotta have tears."
"When God's people weep then what we do will make a difference," he added. "Don't forget to ask for the tears."
Brown is nationally known for his speaking and is heard regularly on the radio through his Key Life ministries broadcasts. He is a professor of preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla, and served in the pastorate for more than 25 years.
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