We are to love God and love others.
We are to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
It is not our job or our mission to judge.
I don’t want to waste time judging people when I could love people. I don’t want us to argue and wound over differing belief systems rather than focus on the kingdom work of caring for one another—especially the outcast and marginalized. We’re talking about people, here—our people.
I am not writing this because it’s a new concept, but because I am grieving over the way we’re treating one another and I don’t know what else to say.
I want to say to each person, “I love you. I accept you. I value you. I want to listen to you. I see the Light in you. I trust that God is working in and through you. I trust that God has been, is, and will be faithful in speaking into your life. I want to learn from you and worship with you.”
My deep desire is for everyone in our community to be able to speak these truths to each other. I want us to be faithful in listening to God together. I want us to be able to sit together at the table where all are welcome and equal, and to worship and experience God together. I want us to speak grace, peace, and love to each one. Is this possible? Can we love and accept one another instead of hurt and reject? Lord, have mercy. Help us to love like Jesus.