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What does it mean to be saved from aimlessness?
"I would go to church, but I don't like Jesus all that much. He's confusing." I wonder if Jesus would be less confusing, and the church more attractive, if his followers were more committed.
God's checklist and my internalized checklist of shame are incompatible. I don't have to fit into rigid boxes to be part of the beloved community.
Each sovereign nation must submit itself to the sovereignty of global peace and international justice. It is the only recognition that can save the planet and the people on it.
When Christ says, "I'll come in and eat with you," it sounds like a tender pledge. But it's more like a threat: a threat of barrier-breaking intimacy, a threat to disrupt every caste.
I'm not sure that becoming a new creature is something that gets done once and for all. In fact, I'm pretty sure it doesn't. Becoming a new creature in Christ is a full-time job.
I come from God and will return to God. The psalmist's highest aspiration is to be one sheep in God's flock. Not the best. Not the wooliest. Not the bleat-ing-est. Just one in God's many.
What noises accompany the activities that bring you joy? Maybe it's an instrument or voice, the hum of a sewing machine or the rasp of a pencil. Make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Every Christian is called to be a finger pointing to God—whether or not we live out the gospel perfectly. We worship the Creator, not the creature.
Hear the many prayers of gratitude from those who look to church to keep from running aground in the fog or during a moonless night. Amen.