I am sorry. We have failed you.
We have not represented him well.
We have not taken seriously our calling to be ministers of reconciliation.
We have ignored peace and mercy and opted for justice (at times narrowly defined by our current political systems).
We have sought morality above love.
We have been proud when we should have been humble.
We have defended our rights when we should have laid them down.
We have picked up our knowledge of good and evil instead of picking up our cross.
We have picketed when we should have been washing feet.
And for that I am sorry.
The way of Jesus is always tender. His mercies are new every morning.
His reach is not limited by any human definition.
I love his Church–fiercely–and I am a part of her. But I recognize her reflection of him is still being polished.
She is still learning, growing, being made into his likeness. (And I, along with her.)
Please know that Jesus is infinitely more good than what you see through us.
There is nothing about him outside of good. Good, good, good, good.
Pure, unadulterated, goodness.
(And we–his Church–are good too, but only in him, and because of him.)
We are weak and growing up and in need of his grace too.
We are beautiful and flawed and holy and human.
And you may not always believe it, but we really are trying our best.
As much as you need grace, we need it too.
From each other, but most of all from him.
Help me as I learn to love more completely.
Help us. (Oh God, help us.)
Related post: What if compassion moved us? (Thoughts on gay marriage and the church.)
P.S. I went over my time limit on this post. Please also note that I will delete any comments that I deem as unkind or disrespectful. (You are free to agree or disagree with me in the comments – that is not the issue. Just know that I will not engage in on-line debate or tolerate slander in my little space here.)
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