Dear You – my ideal reader:
If you’ve been digging through my blog a bit, you’ll have learnt that I’m taking a Blogging101 course through WordPress. An assignment this week was to write a post for my dream reader. I took a few extra days to complete the assignment because I was deeply touched by this prompt.
I started blogging somewhat regularly about a year ago. The biggest driving force was to connect with people who had been forgotten by the Church, whether for demographic reasons (congregations don’t engage young folks well) or for judgmental reasons (particularly LGBT folks). I hoped to use this blog as a beacon – a light for those hurt by the ‘system’ – a living example of how faith can work in daily life, both within and without the Church.
Chances are, I’m much more like you than you know. I have doubts about where God is active in the world. I struggle with how to succeed in a society that expects me to fail. I wonder how to be a Christian in a post-Christian world. I try to live my life as Jesus did – not by walking on water and such, but by proclaiming the reign of God to addicts, prostitutes, criminals and tax collectors. I don’t listen to much Christian rock these days, but there’s a lyric that pops into my head regularly:
’cause my Jesus would never be accepted in my church
the blood and dirt on his feet might stain the carpet.
“My Jesus” by Todd Agnew
The only difference between me and you? I’m an approved candidate for ordination. I’m a rebel that believes the Church has wronged too many people, and I refuse to watch it continue. I’m a reformer who seeks to hold the Church accountable for all its errors, yet I lift up the great things it can do. I’m a believer who tries to instill belief in others. I’m a dreamer who dreams for a reconciled world.
If you think God might be real, good (she is). I’m sorry you’ve been hurt or ignored by the Church. On this blog, I hope you find a few little reminders that God is working in and through your life. And above all, I hope I can shine the slightest bit of light into your life to remind you that you are loved.
Peace be with you,
A note about terminology: generally, when used with a capital C, the term “Church” refers to the organized assembly of believers from the first Easter morning to today, not one denomination in particular.