Galatians 3: 27-28
As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
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From the beginning, the Christian community has struggled to resist the temptation to circle its wagons, close its ranks and claim we are honoring Christ best when we keep the Church pure and stand vigilant at the gate. We have not done so well in resisting that temptation. At best, we send mixed messages of conditional welcome. At worst, we cause pain, shame and guilt. While we are debating whether or not we are, or that we should be, more inclusive, folks both within the Church and removed from it are starting to wonder why any of us would want to be included in such a conflicted community at all. We honor Christ most in our community when we recognize that none of us belong because of the right DNA combination or circumstances of our growing up. We are who we are because of Jesus and the door of the Church is where He bled to pry it open to let us all walk in and out together.
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Holy God, find us. Heal us. Send us. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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