To all my fellow bloggers, seekers, mystics who follow Jesus that: are either active or inactive in the Church; are wrestling with their faith like Jacob and the angel; or are trying to make sense of their lives and the world around them, I have two words of encouragement:
The world needs people like us. Yes, we’ll have people who’ll show genuine concern for our religious (note I didn’t say “spiritual”) we’ll being. However, we’re vilified by those who are “in the faith”, called “offensive to the Gospel”, not being “traditional” Christians, betrayers of our various denominations, or unfit in whatever office we serve in the church from layperson to pastor. We’ve had friends and loved ones criticize us with assumptions based on what they think they “know” about us, instead of engaging us in deep questions to see what’s making us tick. And the pathetic part, is that these people will hide behind their Bibles and attack. Believe me, I’ve been there in writing this blog since its original inception in 2007.
We are those who ask the deep and difficult questions. We’re the ones who want to truly know God, not know about God that a lot of churchfolk do. We want to see the Church engage the serious issues of our time: economic distress; rights for society’s marginalized (women, the poor, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender), the environment, racism, uncalled for wars around the world-the list is long. We question doctrines that are the traditions of men, rather than the words of God. We look beyond what is said and written for the deeper meanings and dope truths. We may even be ministers of the gospel from street corner missionaries to Pastors of large congregations who have questions that cannot be answered away. We desire to worship God in “spirit and in truth” in communion and fellowship; not be in a religious social club. We minister in love for God and man just for the joy of it-following Jesus’s example, not just to fill in time and look good.
We must keep true to who and what we are. Yes, we may find out that we’re wrong-we’re not perfect. However, we could be right as well. Don’t be afraid of what others think. I find that many critics attack out of fear and ignorance. When we post our thoughts on the Church’s “sacred cows”-especially the difficult questions, these people are more afraid than angry. They’re afraid that if they chew on what we write, they may actually have to start thinking for a change. Plus, such thinking may challenge their way of thinking and could quite knock them out of their religious “Lazyboy’s”. Or worse, they may ask “What if I’m wrong?” (GASP!) Many would rather be in their religious comfort zones, than engage the unknown which God may be calling us to.
Stay dangerous my Brother and my Sister! Be that salt and light Jesus called you to be. Trust me, I plan to with God’s help!
And then we shall be the children of God.