I mentioned in my first post that this blog will be different. This blog would be painted with neon colors that made a lot of people uncomfortable. As I grow into myself, I plan on posting my heart. Throwing myself out there and taking some risks.
Let’s get right to it.
To give some background, I was born and raised non-denominational Christian. Because we moved so much, I was blessed enough to experience several churches, multiple church families, various forms of worship, all to one God. I had opportunities to be in Youth Groups, join the missionaries temporarily in the field. I studied religions, and I read the Bible twice, cover to cover.
I learned more from loving, and getting love from all of those people, than I did from any podium.
The older I get, and the more I study, the more I realize that while Christianity has a lot of black and white, but there is a lot of gray too. I believe there is areas in the Bible that God left unwritten for us to complete. I believe, with everything in me, that God wants us – as Christians – to be open minded. To be loving, accepting, and graceful. God has a greater sense of humor than we give Him credit for. The God I have come to know, hung out with prostitutes, murderers, thieves, and drunks. He didn’t look down on sinners, He befriended them and loved them. He didn’t walk away from difficult friends, He showed them mercy.
It scares me that some churches are teaching that to be a Christian, you have to stand so strong in your faith that you leave the people that need God most in the shadows. You’re so intent on shining, that you’re blinding and terrifying those that need it most.
Loving is never unChristian.
What if, what if, religion was viewed less rigid, and more like the letter below?
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” -Gerry Spence
“Many of the beliefs we consider facts are really just things we wish were true–comforting ideas that we’re scared to release.
The world and people feel a lot safer when you think you have them pegged, but the truth is that there’s far more we don’t know than do know, and that will likely always be the case.
If we can let go of our need to know and be right, we can be amazed, inspired, motivated, challenged, and filled with wonder every day.
If we can accept that more often than not, there is no definite answer, we can connect through our collective vulnerability instead of separating through our individual understandings.
We are all in this together–in a world rife with unknowns.
Here’s to drawing one less unnecessary line in the sand today. Here’s to believing more in each other than in our interpretations of what’s true. Here’s to opening up to what’s possible instead of clinging to what seems probable.”