“O God, where are you now? O Lord, save somehow…” Sufjan Stevens
“I love the psalms, especially the parts where the writer freaks out and goes all vengeful. To me, it just means the writers were human beings. Vengence is mine, thus sayeth the Lord, but I just want to be about the Lord’s business.” Rich Mullins
i am starting to see that we are all just barely good at this faith stuff, and most of us are totally miserable at it. i think that one reason is that there’s been a complete removal of the true self within Christian circles. people are messy, and Christians are supposed to be neat, tidy, pretty, happy people…right? i guess i don’t see that happening. we are humans.
i have seen too many christians rush to judgment and slow to love. quick to condemn sinners, and weary of being around “them.” i have seen myself hold up an artificial ideal for others and myself and rush headlong into judgment upon them.
it’s easy to know how to take a “stand” on an issue, it’s far more difficult to take a stand against a friend. if we do, it’s often done with tenderness, mercy and humility rather than sharp attacks. i used to be great at stands, but as my body falls apart and my faith has wained, stretched, gotten beaten up, shattered and somehow put back together, I am seeking a new way. a way of hope, a way of love.
a way of love transcends tolerance and acceptance, it begins with love and ends with peace and hope.
jane goodall was asked about how great the world is because of science. she said, “yes, we live in an extraordinary time. but just wait until we live in the age of love.”
this is how “they” will know you, buy the way you love on another. i wonder if “they”do.