I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth,
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten son
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life
I believe that priests are fallible, and therefore so are some of their teachings
Even the Pope’s
I believe that people make mistakes and are forgiven, if they are really sorry
But, only if they are REALLY sorry
I believe that to be Christian means to follow the teachings of Jesus
In the New Testament.
I believe Jesus, like all humans, had flaws
But, like most humans, was mainly abundantly good
I believe that Jesus taught us to love everyone
Especially the unloveable, the difficult to love
I believe if you love someone, you show them respect
You give them the same rights you have
You do not kill them, nor do you deny them rights you have
You cannot be so absolutely against abortion and still defend capital punishment
Think about it
Jesus never said, “an eye for an eye”
Jesus said, “turn the other cheek”
What happens if you yell at a screaming child?
What happens if you hold that child tightly, lovingly, instead?
Capital punishment has not been shown to decrease crime
The church I belong to would be ok with me so far
But, the gay people I know….
My church says I should love them, but they cannot touch their partners
These gay people, I am no better or worse than them
I cannot pray that they change their ways
I cannot say that they shouldn’t have some of the same pleasures I have
I cannot say that they shouldn’t have some of the same legal rights
And, as for women, I cannot say they aren’t qualified to run a church
I cannot believe that God won’t speak through them, directing them
And the Protestants
I want to welcome them at the same communion table
I realize they don’t believe in transubstantiation
But, they believe what they believe
And, I am called to accept that and embrace it…
In my own house…
So, at my own church as well
Is my church really Christian? Is any?
Do they teach us to welcome every kind of person,
every kind of believer?
Do they teach us to fear the different?
To convert them?
Do we leave our churches better people each week…
Has God spoken to us? Is He working through us?
If a church encourages you to isolate yourself from certain “undesirables”
Perhaps it’s time to stay home…