This week at Liberation Gathering we chatted about how Jesus approached the situation with the ‘Woman at the well’ and the example He sets for us to be with people that religious people risk their reputation on. That story is in John 4 and towards the end of Jesus’ interaction with the unmarried woman from Samaria is a sentiment so beautiful… “The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way [in spirit and in truth].” Can you allow yourself to be loved so much by God the Father that you worship Him in the natural and in the supernatural? In the explainable and in the mystery? With your brain and with your heart?
He wants you, if you’re willing!
I had the great privilege of having lunch with a new friend recently who is involved with a pretty prominent church in AZ. During our conversation we got to talking about how the church responds to people in a way that is usually more controlling than compassionate. One of those topics was homosexuality and how long it would take for his gay friends to feel uncomfortable in their new adventure with church, but this post isn’t about that, necessarily. He later shared with me an official statement from the church regarding their “stance on homosexuality”, [insert sarcasm] because every good church needs to have one of those. The statement was relatively general and almost palatable until the end, which communicated something along these lines: You [gay men & women] are welcome to come to our church and meet Jesus, but once you do we expect you to repent from your sin [magically become straight] and if we don’t see the evidence of that then we’ll ask you to leave. So, once again we’re faced with a marketing campaign by the church that says, “you’re all welcome here” but when you dig a little deeper the truth is, “You are welcome, so long as you confirm to look how we want you to look so we can uphold our reputation of producing Godly men and women.”
As someone who has been a Christian since I was 18 I can tell you that I hid certain things from the church for over a decade, because if they actually knew the behind closed doors parts of my life, they would probably asked me to leave also. The video below is a short piece of my story that explains one of my journeys through God’s sanctifying and patient love for me.