“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”- Mark 9:38
“He not be one of us,” says ya. “He not be part of our crew, our crowd, and tha flock of followers we run with.”
Thar be a great deal of strife among tha crews of Skipper and his Sun. Ter be sure, them in tha fleet spout stuff about peace and unity, but it be our nature ter attack and fight. That jest be tha way of tha flesh.
Only tha Sun says, “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.”
A feller might not see tha lay of things same as ya, but if he truly belong ter Skipper and tha Sun, then he or she be our mate.
Now ter be sure, it not always clear tha stripes of them who claims ter be one of us. There be a time long ago when all in Skipper’s crew be of one mind, one heart, and pulled oars one way. They all be filled with tha Holy Ghost of Truth in tha same way and with tha same accord. But how short a space be this blessing. How soon be tha solidarity of tha crew. Not long after tha Sun floated back ter his home in heaven, differences of opinion sprang up among tha crew. From tha quartermaster down ter gunners and crew, each had a different take on matters. Ter this very day our differences cause some ter abandon ship, find another vessel, and sail under another flag of thar liking.
Skipper’s fleet be expansive and thar be any number of vessels. Now some may charge that not all be ship-shape, not all sailed by crew who be properly trained and fit fer tha long voyage. But if a vessel and crew fly under tha flag of Skipper they be his ter correct and rebuke, not ours.
Tha Sun says:
“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15) and. . .
“Tend to my lambs.” (John 21:16)
“This is love for God: to keep his commands.” (1 John 5:3) and . .
“I was hungry and you gave Me food. I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. I was a stranger and you took Me in. I was naked and you clothed Me. I was sick and you visited Me. I was in prison and you came to Me. Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:36-40)
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28) and . .
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:17-18)
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23) and . .
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” (Matthew 19:21)
“I always do what pleases my Father.” (John 8:29) and . .
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:43-44)
Some make it thar task ter stick ter Skipper’s Code of Conduct no matter what. Others make it thar task ter take care of thar neighbor no matter what. But in ever case it be our duty ter sail tha course tha Sun plots fer us and not be meddling ter much in another feller’s route. If we have tha Sun in us and still stray, Skipper ‘ill bring us around and back on tack, of that ya kin be sure.