Favorite Blog Posts:
I’ve been sitting in a swell of sad for a couple hours, information pills because this is what I’m hearing: No, you aren’t even worthy to serve hungry children. You are so deeply unwanted that I will let a child die if it keeps you away from me. From us. From the body of Christ. I will spare no life if it keeps you far away.
And my rage isn’t wrong, because this isn’t right. And so I will channel it all into doing my job here as a blogger, as a believer, loving gay kids and talking about the Jesus that wouldn’t change them for the world.
And though a Christian nonprofit embracing me, if just for a moment, is quite an event of subversion, I know in my own little world, the most radical act I can take is to say this: Yes, I love Jesus, too, and you’re my brother, and the Love of God makes us both enough. It might be offensive to you, infuriating perhaps, it might even tempt you into dropping a kid off the face of the earth and blame it on me, but here’s the truth:
My chains are gone. I’ve been set free. My God my savior, has ransomed me.
And like a flood, his mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -Colossians 1:15-20
Favorite TV Episode:
This week’s Modern Family was hilarious! I laughed throughout the entire show! The writing and acting is so excellent.
Let’s be real, this will be a favorite for a long time! Last weekend I got to watch it with several of my friends, none of whom had seen it before. Frozen is SUCH a fun movie to watch with people who are seeing it for the first time. I will definitely be blogging about Frozen soon :)
And speaking of Frozen…
This song is The. Best. Ever. :)
The Pinterest board Pointlessly Gendered Product is so great! And I’m pretty sure I will not be able to resist writing a blog post at some point about this:
From this week on the Blog:
My own personal journey is different from Macklemore’s. I’ve never struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, but I have struggled with an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety. I am very open with people about my journey and about the freedom I have now in the Lord. But, at least for me, it’s really easy to get into the mindset that because I have freedom from these things, I will never relapse. And if I do relapse, then that must mean that I have failed in my freedom, I’ve failed God, and I’ve messed up my testimony. And that thinking makes it so difficult to be open with and share struggles that I still have.
We need to look at the places that we are still not living out that “oneness” in Christ Jesus. And we need to start bring the Holy Spirit into those places, into our conversations, into Sunday mornings and outreach ministries. The issue of how to include, listen to, and affirm the marginalized in society (which not only includes people of color but also the economically poor, gay people, women, drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless people, people of other religions, etc.) is what, I believe, should be the number one goal of the Church. Because, it seems to me, that this was one of Jesus’ main goals in His entire ministry…it’s certainly what He spent most of His time teaching and living out. We need to follow in His footsteps, to teach what He taught, to do what He did, because this is how we bring Shalom, this is how we call God’s Kingdom down.Dear Sponsored Child
Evangelicals, you sent the message loud and clear. Your hatred for gay people triumphs over the command of Christ to serve the least of these. You will stop at nothing to continue this culture war over an issue that Jesus did not say one word about. You will not hesitate to tell your gay brothers and sisters in Christ that the idea of working alongside them to bring God’s kingdom to earth is despicable. To you, the very existence of gay people is enough to stop providing for a sweet child of God.