When they walked in the door, I was struck with how they could seem so small and yet so scary all at once. They got off the van and swaggered in, all attitude and disaffected disdain, hoodies and hats pulled down low over their suspicious eyes. They were everything the movies would portray a gang member to be: young. Black. Male. And allegedly mean.
Suddenly my little power point presentation seemed so stupid.
I thought, Oh, crap. What did I get myself into?
I don’t know Donald Miller and I don’t tweet often, but a few days ago I happened to have Twitter open just when Miller, one of my all-time favorite authors, tweeted this:
Tired of the witch hunt. Hardly recognize myself or my friends in this characterization. http://www.christianitytoday.com/parse/2014/february/strange-yet-familiar-tale-of-brian-rob-and-don.html …
The link is to an article in Christianity Today by Kevin A. Miller. Now, I don’t feel I can speak intelligently to the Bell/McLaren controversies, but Miller, well. I’m protective of him. Like I said, I don’t know him. For all I know, he’s a big, Satan-worshiping liar. Still, as a Christ follower his writing speaks to me. Forgive me for employing the over-used buzz word of the day, but his work is authentic, and represents the kind of Christianity I think many of us long to experience. He just had the guts to say it out loud.
I understand that Christianity as a religion is offensive to a lot of people. As an organized institution, we kind of suck sometimes. I can’t possibly begin to profess to know whether each individual responsible for various types of meanness are “actually saved” or in a “real relationship with Jesus” or whatever. But what I can say is that, at the very least, as a religion, we need a better marketing plan.
Well, hello. It’s been a while. It wasn’t you. It was me. But I’m back!
I’ve been busy. Busy becoming a Christian Life Coach, losing 22 pounds, starting new blogs, working on my website for She*s ELEVATED. It’s been a full couple of months, with a lot of goofing off in there, too. I have to be honest.
Yesterday at church, the band played this song, and it is so incredibly perfect for this, the day I launch The Big Idea. Later today, we’ll be posting our pitch video (with my less than perfect hair, the big bags under my eyes, and one little thing I wish I could change but it’s time to just MOVE!).
I can’t wait to tell you about She*s ELEVATED, because I truly do feel like I’ve been waiting to do this all my life. Like finally, everything is coming together and I’m working out my God purpose. And hopefully by me working out my God purpose, you will, too.
Enjoy this song. It’s a good one. And if you want to know more about a church that incorporates Imagine Dragon music into its services, go to www.tlcc.org. It’s a pretty cool place.
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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, resentment, false pride, guilt, self-pity, arrogance, regret, lies, superiority, and ego. The other is good – joy, peace, love, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
Back in the days of the Garden, God gave us containers called bodies. Their purpose wasn’t to separate us from Him. Their purpose was joy. Their purpose was beauty and creativity. They weren’t meant to be a wall between us and God. They were meant to be a vehicle to walk with him and enjoy the scenery. They were created with arms to hold each other with as we communed with God. They were designed to give honor to Him, because He had a purpose for them. And never in all of eternity did God want to be separated from us — or for us to be separated from Him. In fact, the whole rest of the Bible story is a story of God going to the ends of the earth to get our attention, to get our souls to turn our containers around and look at Him.