Disclaimer: I’m not ‘judgy’ Christian; I’m a ‘Jesus wants everyone to chill’ Christian. I recently started going to church again after a friend recommended his. Each week, the church is filled with more diversity than I’ve encountered in other spiritual circles that claim to be progressive. EVERYONE is represented.
The pastor is smart, kind, interested in everyone’s well being and funny to boot. Today he offered a passage from Galatians that felt like he was speaking right to me:
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
This hit me where I LIVE, people. Especially the part about making those critical comments! Then the pastor tied this all in with the way that Muslims are currently being treated in this country—how unchristian and hypocritical all of that hate rhetoric is as if we don’t have christian hate groups—KKK, Hello!—It made for a powerful morning. It’s inspired me to help more than I criticize. If there’s some way that I cnan help you, for instance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.