I am imperfect in the eyes of many
but I am a perfect part of the whole
in the eyes of God.
I am not a church-goer
not a believer in organized religion
I have been to many, many churches
and have not one friend to call my own out of any of them.
not one friend who wondered where I might have gone when I left.
I am a great sinner in the eyes of many
having been divorced twice and now living with a man
whom I have been best friends with since we were eleven.
I have learned from two separate reports that the number of people who identify
themselves as Christians, or with a particular church is one of the fastest shrinking
populations in the country. Christians have a terrible reputation for being judgemental
and that is because they are judgmental.
Some churches say you must jump in a river, some say you must have blessed water
dribbled over your head when you are just a tiny baby....on and on and on
with what you can do or what you should do
what you can't do and what you shouldn't do....
How many times are we told to love one another
and yet we squabble, and judge, and persecute, and picket,
and decide who gets into heaven and who doesn't
we even think we know what God will say to us when we get there
we tally up our good deeds like notches on a belt
This is what I hear Jesus saying
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
that one command
that we love one another