Rejected          Romans 11:1 – 16.

There are solace and community in being rejected and finding other rejects like you. Within surfing, there are splinter groups everywhere. We love to talk about the brotherhood of surfers but it’s a thin veneer especially in the surf. Longboarders, short boarders, retro boardriders., loggers, hipster surfers, bodyboarders, finless surfers, SUP riders, knee boarders, women surfers, competitive surfers, free surfers, old school & new school. This list goes on and on. However one thing is common, there is a mainstream surf culture and then there is the fringe, the outcast, the rejected.

Rejected by who? Ejected from what? Does riding an alternate craft in a different manner stop you from surfing? No the rejection you feel or have felt has been in the perception that we should all be alike and accepted.

Solitude vivifies; isolation kills. — Joseph Roux

We might read into Romans 10 and say, God has completely rejected the Jews. They are no longer his chosen people. I would ask the same questions as Paul does rejected by who? Ejected from what? Rom 11:1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means!

‘No Way’ Says Paul and gives himself as an example. If the Jews were indeed outside of God’s redemptive plan through grace and faith Paul should not be a believer. 1c For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. So is Paul the only Jew to be saved after Jesus died? 2b Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3 Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life. 4 But what is God’s reply to him? I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal. 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.

Paul is explaining that God has a remnant, a group of people whom he has chosen by grace to be his own. He has explained this to us in Rom 9: 25 Speaking from Hosea and Isaiah. God will save whom he chooses to save. Rom 9:16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy…. Rom 9:8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

The Jew’s problem is they believe they are in, because of what they have done… been born of Abrahams line and been devout. They are stumbling over their heritage. It is not what we do that sees us in the covenant of Grace. It’s what God has done in Jesus. It isn’t what we ride or how we ride it that makes us a surfer, it’s the wave and connecting with it.

It would be easy for the Roman Gentiles to reject the Jews as stuck in tradition; in the same way, it is easy for the Jews to reject the Gentiles in the church as not devout.

I truly believe that what we and they are seeking most of the time is agreement or sameness. The Gentiles want the Jews to reject their heritage, the Jews want the Gentiles to embrace it. They all want everyone else to be like them.

The point is that God doesn’t want us to be or do anything to gain his acceptance. He has already done everything in Jesus. We just need to rest in the embrace of the covenant of Grace and Faith.

* Do you reject others wishing they were like you in action, belief, and deed?
* Are you striving to please others by being a good Christian, surfer, or person.                                                                  * God doesn’t love you for what you do…

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. — C. S. Lewis

“If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.” — Francis Bacon, Sr.

“God dances with the outcast.” ― Steven James,

Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They’ll stay faithful as long as it’s safe and doesn’t involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going. — Charles Stanley

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. — C. S. Lewis