It’s funny how backwards we can be as human beings sometimes.

Not funny, as in “Ha-ha”.

But funny as in tragically sad, truly lost and an all-out “WTF”.

A large group of Evangelical Christians recently released what has been called,

The “Nashville Statement”.

Which does nothing more than restate what the evangelical community has been saying all along about their views on biblical sexuality.

How is it that people who claim to be “evangelical”, that is those who were called to go out into the world and tell everyone about this awesome, amazing, loving guy named Jesus, and how much he loves them seem to be shutting themselves off from the world they were called to love?

They cloister themselves behind bible verses and sermons about the “Good old days”.

They have placed their stock and faith in a man who became president by stating he would “Make America Great Again”.

As a Mexican American, I will not even address here the inconsistencies of the #MAGA oxymoron.

For the high times for them, were dark days for civil rights.

When it was, in many states illegal for a man of color to marry a white woman, and in many other states, Latinos were beaten and shot and killed for dancing with white women.

Those good old days.

But I digress to the topic at hand.

Jesus asked a question which I believe speaks to this issue.

Because Jesus questions were never about simply the topic at hand, but so much more complex and rich.

This was about a shepherd who had 99 sheep, and one who had gone astray.

He left the 99, to go out and search for the 1.

To me, anyone who is not basking in the love of Christ, anyone who is hurting and alone, anyone who has been made to feel marginalized by laws, prejudice and misguided religious fools, these are the 1.

And the evangelical community, by circling the wagons around the 99, have forgotten their mission, their calling, and even their duty to go out and search for the 1.

I have said it before and I will say it until the day I breath my last breath.

Christ did not say, “They will know you by your strong doctrinal stance”.

He did not say to Peter, “If you love me, keep my laws”.

Nay, he stated that the world would “Know us by our love”.

And to Peter he charged “If you love me, feed my sheep”.

You may impress your evangelical friends with your rigid grip on doctrine, but you will never save one soul.

You are preaching to the choir, and this is low hanging fruit.

We were called to a much greater cause.

To give the love that we have received freely.

This should be the Statement that the evangelical church makes, and the only one.

Anything else is worthless..

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by James Berman

Who is James, or rather who was James and who is James becoming? This is a question that I am attempting to answer myself, and I guess I have been trying to answer for as long as I can recall. I, am Chronically Broken, and yet perfectly arranged. Does that make any sense to you? I guess what I am trying to get at is that although I am altogether similar to who I was and always have been, I am strangely dissimilar from anyone I have ever known myself to be. Much like the roads in New Orleans, the city that has become my home I am constantly under construction. And that is the reason for this site, to chronicle this rebirth, this renewal. To speak to those who are in desperate need of some renovation of all the amazing potential and possibilities.

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