Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you. “Whoever is not against us is for us.” —Mark 8.40
People have this odd idea that religions are in competition, mutually exclusive, as if at war. But religion is the opposite of war. If you are one with God you are one with all, including your enemies, or you religion is a sham.
Do we not already follow the prophets of two different faiths? If you like the way Jesus sees the world, can you not learn from the Buddha? If you read Emily Dickinson must you denounce Robert Frost?
Let your religion be this, to tend to the unloved, to heal the world with kindness as you have been given unearned kindness, to be present to the grace that flows in and around you.
And those who are against you— tend to them, for they are unloved, heal them with kindness they can't expect, be present to the grace hidden even in them; or you have already abandoned your faith.
“There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” If you fight for anything more complicated than that you are pretending to know more than you do. Kneel and kiss the ground.
Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve
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