What if we were known for what we are for?
What if we as passionate about the things that we are for as the things that we are against?
I'm getting so tired of reading critiques. I'm growing so weary of yet another "here is what is wrong with the world" blog post by another up and coming millennial blogger
We have enough of those. We live in the real world. We know it's jacked up. We don't need your blog to tell us.
So this is something different. This isn't a "here are the things I'm angry about "post. This is a post all about being FOR something.
I believe in a savior of humanity, and I believe that his name is Jesus. I believe that he was born, was crucified, was raised from the dead, and ascended into heaven
I believe in family. I believe that my parents, wife, and daughters are the greatest tangible gift that my creator has even given to me. I'd be completely lost without any of them. We argue, fight, bicker, and disagree, but they're instrumental to my survival
I believe in grace. Pure, priceless, unadulterated grace. I believe that God is in the grace business, and that there isn't a human being that is currently living, has ever lived, or ever will live, who is too far gone for the grace of God. Businessmen, housewives, kids, grandparents, terrorists, prostitutes, Ponzi scheme operators, and drug dealers. All of these, plus an infinite list of others, are enveloped in the grace of God.
I believe in treating every single person as a human. The old, the young, the rich, the poor, the straight, the gay, the homeless, and everybody in between. We are all human. We are all image bearers of the creator God. I can't imagine how it hurts him when we treat his creation the way that we so often treat those outside our sphere of influence or experience.
I believe that all life is sacred. This of course, includes life in the womb. I am unapologetically pro-life. But I also believe that far too often, "pro-life" stops at birth. I believe that a true "pro-life" stance ought to mean support for the poor, the homeless, the immigrant, & the widow. I believe that pro-life means anti-death penalty. We ought to end it now and forever, or stop calling ourselves "pro-life."
I believe in an upside down kingdom. One where war is no longer necessary. One where peace reigns. Where there is no need for soldiers, tanks, bombs, guns, or any other weapons. Where swords are beaten into plowshares.
I believe in a kingdom where you love your enemies. Where the last are first. Where the poor are rich, and the meek inherit the kingdom. I believe in turning the other cheek. I believe that if Jesus were walking the earth today, he'd make the worst possible political candidate, because he wouldn't be interested in power over anybody. He'd be interested in how to serve. Can you imagine a president running on that platform?
I believe that what you do for a living is important, but it does not define you. I do not believe in the ideal, edenic notion of "love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life." The toil of work is part of the curse. We work hard, provide for our families, and do the best we can. Some days work is great. Other days it's awful. This is life.
I believe that there are few things that cannot be cured by laying on the grass and looking up into the sky. When you stop and realize just how small you really are, it has an incredible way of putting all of life's problems into perspective. Yes, you matter. No, your problems are not the end of the world.
I believe in the power of the words "me too." I believe we need to stop trying to rationalize and find a reason for every little thing that happens in life. I believe that sometimes, when you're in pain, you don't want to hear the words "I'll pray for you." You want someone to gently put their hand on your shoulder and say, "me too."
I believe that one day, Christ will return and set the world right. I believe that there is coming day when tears will be no more. There will be no war, no pain, no armies, no military, no disease, no famine, no death, no hunger, no sex trafficking, and no government, because He is all that we need. It will be perfect. The way it was always intended to be, because He will reign.
The time is coming. It is not here, but it is coming.