People are funny and people in the church are no exception.
We all have our unconscious lists of sinners and saints, people that seemingly can do no wrong and people that seemingly can do no right.
But in the end we’re all just people and this has been true ever since the first person showed up on Earth.
From Adam to David to Paul to Aaron, we’re all broken pieces of glass put together by God into this collective masterwork known as the fellowship of believers.
Let us lay our perceptions down and embrace the collective soul, for we are all saints and sinners whose sole redemption is God.
“I found this angel in the parking lot,” she said,
“Is it good luck?”
“Could be,” I said.
“I stepped on it,” she said, “by accident.”
“Broken angel, sounds like all of us,” I said.
She smiled and walked away,
carrying the keepsake with pride.
What is the will of God?
When do we stop and They begin?
What agency do we have
in view of Their omniscience?
Surely we are called to account
for our actions
and nothing goes unseen.
Let me explore Your mystery, LORD,
and obey Your will,
for regardless of where I start and You begin,
You are the Alpha and the Omega,
the true beginning and end.
All things return to You
in reverence and awe,
in respect of all that You Are.
I have friends who were gay. Lovely people. I know people have differing views on this subject, but I have studied the Scripture and looked at the history. I have heard their stories and shared in their vlives. Honestly, I think that the Biblical prohibition and the inherited lifestyle are two different things. Apples and oranges. Maybe I am wrong, and of course I shall pay the consequences at the end of time. If so. Or maybe I am right and we are forcing millions of people, Christians and non-Christian, into isolatation from the very Gospel we hold so dear. If I know anything from personal testimony, it’s that Christ’s love is for everyone. If I get in through the pearly gates, sounds likely equal opportunity to me.
Why is it that, in Exodus, God tells us that
They created the deaf, the mute, and the blind
yet in Leviticus we turn around and push them aside?
Why is it, in Genesis, that God creates
both man AND woman in Their own image
yet we get bogged down in gender roles
and social norms?
Why is it, in Romans, that we can bank
our entire faith on the fact that Abraham
came before Moses
and so are justified by grace alone,
rather than by works,
yet keep trying to earn our salvation
and set up obstacles for others to jump over to do the same?
God is calling all of us into immediate and total reconciliation with Himself.
Are we bold enough to take Him up on His offer?
“Sorry to unload on you like that,” he said
“I’m glad you did,” I said,
“So many times we go through life,
carrying burdens, situations
not knowing who we can share it with
but not quite able to bear the burdens ourselves.
We lose sleep, become stressed
because we feel all alone.
Yes, we talk to God and that is a great place to start,
but we still fear the judgement of others.
It’s not until we tell another human being
and they meet us with open hearts and minds
that we can begin to lay our burden down-
or, rather, finally have someone
to carry that burden along
til the carrying is done.”
Adam’s sin is Joseph’s sin is our sin
The Deceiver wasn’t lying when it said
the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
would make us like God.
We were created in Their Divine image, male and female alike
Thanks to nearby Tree of Life, we had eternity
to be transformed more and more into Their likeness
But we grew impatient
We knew our Divine calling, but we wanted it know
and so we took it before our Kairos time
and it destroyed us.
But God’s story is one of redemption:
sending Their Son,
then the Holy Spirit
to wipe the past clean
and start the journey anew
so that we could become more and more like Them.