I was raised in the church.  My grandfather was a minister, my grandmother led the worship, my mother was the church pianist and I sang in the choir.  My religion was quite important to me and provided a built-in moral guide as I traversed through my formative years and on to adulthood.  Religion provided me with a base from which to grow.  It provided me with a solid set of morals and introduced me to an unfortunately popular version of God I would later grow to despise.

WWJD?  What would Jesus do?  Simple.  He would love anyway.

It saddens me when my spiritual friends close off a lesson from a great incarnated soul like Jesus because they are jaded and hurt by the God his "people" have forced upon us.  To me, the messages of all our great spiritual leaders (Ghandi, Mother Theresa, The Buddha, Jesus, Malcom X, et. al.) are blatantly obvious:  love anyway.  

Friends, don't let your world become jaded because someone else's version of the Creator forces their judgement on you.  Don't be mad at the God the church has created for us as this is only a piece of the God that radiates within you.  The God you should take comfort in is the one that resides within you.  The one that urges you to give money to the homeless person that asks for a change, the one that urges you to give to local charities, the one that cries when they know someone else is suffering.  That is God within you and you don't even have to attend church on Sunday to find God.  Surely you can believe in yourself.  This is what Jesus would have us do.

Jesus was hated, persecuted and eventually murdered by those ruled by fear and hate.  Everything he was against.  The unfortunate thing I see is so many people that follow the teachings of Jesus only glorify him instead of leading by his example as they should.  They praise God and glorify him through prayer and song for how great he is but often do not walk in his footsteps and share his compassion for all people. 

Keep fighting friends.  Keep searching for Truth.  If you haven't already done it, take the good and leave the bad. Don't give up on yourself or the God within you.

Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

1 comment:

  1. too many people say they follow Jesus then act like the people Jesus raged against. they forget that justice isn't up to us so trying to constantly punish for our own gratification isn't our job or our place. revenge isn't part of religion and a lot of people forget that. just because someone treats you like crap doesn't mean you get to do it to them. when eve bit that dang apple all fairness went out the window and all you have is your inner voice to guide you which i believe is God. people know right and wrong they just choose wrong because it makes them feel better to see someone else hurt like they do. it's sad and pointless and a slippery slope.