The Priority of the Church: A Testimony

I hate it when the same church that preaches “love all” and “love God” also talks crap on minority groups, immigrants, and queer folks.

This isn’t how church is supposed to be.

Church is where the minority are elevated, because Jesus cared for the poor, the outsiders, the weak. Who are the outsiders in our communities, in our hearts, in our speech today?

I cannot stand the universal church preaching about a loving God, and having a relationship with him, if we judge those who are different and still cherish their relationship with Him.

Jesus died for all.

This includes our non-binary friends, our refugees, and those with piercings and tattoos. Christ did not just come to redeem white, middle-class, conservative folks. He came to redeem all, because we all fall short of the glory of God.

Remember, a church is not museum of perfect people, but a hospital of sorrowful sinners. Those who fall short every day of loving God and neighbor, and valuing ourselves above the Almighty and his creation.

So, welcome the tattooed, the sinners, the agender, the they-them-pronoun-people, the drinker, the swearer, all of us. All of us from the wrong side of the tracks, and let us be as our Maker helps us become more loving like Him. Because Christian perfection is not about becoming more white, more conservative, more American. It means loving God and neighbor so fully that I think of myself less.

And to remind you guys, Jesus is not even white or American. So please drop this American Gospel-is-the-real-Jesus bullshit.

Remember this this Eastertide.

Alleluia and Amen.

Devotional: 2nd Sunday of Easter

  • Rev. 1:4-8
  • John 20:19-31

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Easter. It is officially Eastertide, or Easter Season. As I read the lectionary for this weekend, I noticed this: God is all. He is three in one. He is Father, Son, and Spirit.

I am just a lowly being like doubting Thomas. When Thomas touched the side of Jesus and the wounds in his hands, he realized at once that the man he had followed for so long was God incarnate.

This might have not dawned on Thomas until that moment.

As some of you know, I’ve been following Jesus since my baptism for three years now. But it wasn’t until Maundy Thursday that I believed in Jesus as God Incarnate. I had to imagine God washing my feet to realize the humbleness God showed in Jesus. Just as the psalm says by Paul “Even though he was God, he humbled himself in the form of a slave, in obedience to God the Father.”

How can we imagine this Jesus as God incarnate? Not just as a man, but the God who humbled himself last Friday on to the cross for our sake? The God who died to draw all to himself, because he wants to get to know each and every one of us?

Because Jesus is the God Almighty, who was, who is, and is to come. But what does that mean, especially in our relationship to Him?

It means that God was there when we were children, meek, annoying, gullible, and so loved by him. Even if your childhood was less than okay, he was there. And he is here now, loving us and cheering us on. He arranges our every day Life to let us see his love, even in ways we wouldn’t expect.

Let us love God back. Let us cherish him as he will cherish us in the future, because his love never stops.

When we are old, and die, he will welcome us in his Kingdom, where all will be well. This love will never end.

So, as you feel the touch of Jesus in your life, be glad that he will ALWAYS be there. Past, present, and future.

To the glorious future ahead.

Do not doubt like me or Thomas, just believe.

Father in Heaven, who came in the form of Jesus, and is with now in God the Spirit, let us acknowledge you as Sovereign of Love in our lives. Even when we cannot love ourselves, or others refuse to love us, you have loved us, love us now, and will love us always as believers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Alleluia and Amen.