Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Greetings my siblings in Christ,
How are you doing?
I mean, really-how are you doing?
Are you exhausted from how topsy turvy our world seems to be lately? Do you feel disjointed because the world seems to be changing so much so quickly?
We often reply that we are “fine.” Are you really? I had a pastor that used to refer to “fine” as the Christian F-word because, we often use it to cover how we are feeling. It is a tool to avoid what is really happening inside of us.
With constant news about the pandemic and politics and everything happening, it is easy to become angry, anxious, or depressed. We worry about our loved ones, both the ones living with us and the ones that are further away. It is ok to name exactly how you are feeling right now. It brings to mind The Heidelberg Disputation that Martin Luther wrote in 1518. In particular, lately I have been resonating with his 21st thesis:
“A theology of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theology of the cross calls the thing what it actually is.”
I believe that this is just as important today as it was when Luther wrote it. I hear good news in it. When we first apply this idea to ourselves, it is the beginning of freedom. We must first look inwards and be honest about what it is that we see and what it is that we are experiencing.
This is the beginning of freedom because it brings us to a place of truth and honesty about ourselves. Truth and freedom are important pillars in our relationship with God. Part of that truth means naming what it is that we are struggling with right now.
Being the church has always meant meeting the world where it is hurting. We see the world through the cross of Jesus Christ. We follow Jesus for life and goodness-not for our own glory. Our church is a place where you can bring your complete identity-all the things that are going great in your life and the things that are not going well. You are accepted here as the whole person that you are. We are all sinners in the hands of a graceful God.
Call me up if you want to talk,