Am I wrong to kill in order to feed my family?
Am I wrong to take an extra loaf of bread from the food pantry because I know I won't be able to get a ride next week?
Am I wrong to call someone a murderer because they were a soldier for the other side in a war?
Am I right to quote chapter and verse from scripture to say that women can't be ministers?
Am I right to point to specific instances where people of a certain ilk have done evil and apply it to all people like them?
Am I right to think that things should be as I once perceived them to be because then it was simple, and life was good (at least from my point of view)?
These are extreme examples of what happens when we frame our lives in idealistic ways shaped around legalistic right and wrong. Yet we do it on a small scale everyday, because we're afraid of the unknown, because we want quick answers and want to win, to be right. There is a quote from The American President that sounds a lot like what I just said: "He is interested in two things and two things only; making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That ladies and gentlemen is how you win."
That doesn't sound like too nice of a person, not one that we'd want to be close to really does it? Yet sometimes I think that is the God we create for ourselves. One who wants to win, one that sets down right and wrong on every little thing that happens and will inflict punishment when we "lose" our gamble of making a choice. So we're afraid of that punishment, and ready to blame whomever or whatever it is that is the cause of the problem.
Yet, I worship a God who is Love. Love is something that we all experience, and God must love us at least as much as the person who loves us most in this world. The people who love me most in this world, are the ones who I know will forgive me, who give me room to make mistakes, who are more interested in my day to day journey than if I'm ever going to "make something of myself."
Today in the PC(USA) there will be a "deciding vote" cast (probably in Minnesota) that will spark up a lot of talk about a lot of issues. I have my views on these issues, and I'm sure you do too, but let me put one bug in your brain: The statement we are accepting into our book of order is nothing is not full of ambiguity. I'm not sure either side would argue with that, or that either side is completely comfortable with that. Yet it is for me all about love, and love happens on a journey, and ambiguity gives us a chance to journey together to many places yet unseen. At the end of the day though, it's not about the place we arrive at, but the journey that got us there that leads to the best stories, the strongest lessons, and the greatest bonding moments of a trip. Let us celebrate this journey we begin together, with Love and not fear.