Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Our (the Church's) openness, should by all means, be confusing to the world. Our love for the unloved, our refusal to marginalize people, our insistence that ALL people are welcome, that ALL people are precious no matter their social class or sexual orientation, our unremitting pursuit of reconciliation, and our relentless forgiveness for those who have wronged us should baffle people who don't live by the Spirit of God and who are not alive under the banner of Christ's victory over death. Yet, tragically, we are often more closed, more vengeful, more power hungry, more bigoted, and less forgiving than they are. The church has become an ironic tragedy.