Sunday, January 19, 2014

Would You Prefer If I Left Christ?

When you tell people they have to choose between your understanding of God and their own, when you tell them that their hearts are desperately wicked but that your heart is pure enough that you've figured out what God's word clearly says, and you say those are the only options on the table, well, many people will leave Christianity. And I wonder, is that what everyone wants? For me to leave Christianity behind rather than wrestle with it in my liberal, heretical way? They'd prefer I was an atheist or agnostic than a liberal person who really believes in the Gospel, who can say the Nicene Creed without crossing her fingers behind her back, and who loves the sacramental traditions of her Anglican rite? Who wants to love God and neighbor? They'd rather I just leave?
Sorry, but Christ is not getting rid of me that easily. 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-The Apostle Paul

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