“Instead of destroying, disregarding, or disremembering, we can re-discover the Holy One in the Temple of our hearts.
It will take a little work. We need to spend time taking inventory of the capital we’ve built up; to be in prayer and meditation and open our hearts and minds to God’s call.
God makes a perfect scapegoat when things go wrong but when we can accept the consequences for our actions, when we can use a prophetic voice to call out wrongdoing, when we can recognize that the love of God is broader than we can ever imagine, we can come back to God.
Just as the people of Israel and Judah walked away from their leaders when then threatened violence, we can stand up to toxic masculinity in our culture. We can teach our children and ourselves a different way.
“Dancing may not always look like dancing. Singing may not always sound like singing. Praise may not always look like praise.”
MCC’s vision 2020 team introduces a draft mission statement.
What about when our laws don’t line up with God’s laws? What happens when we run them through the filter of love and realize that they’re incompatible?
The Bible is filled with origin stories – it’s the origin story of our faith, setting up laws and morals to sustain a developing community that will become a nation, helping us to find our place in God’s world.
The characters in these stories are just like us – they’ve faced trauma, they’ve made bad choices, they’re not perfect – and yet they are all chosen and called by God.