Midway Hills, forgive me—I’m not writing to you this week.
Hi, folks who are scoping out our online presence, reading our newsletter for the first time, or otherwise seeking out this church. You’re probably here because we’ve been rather vocal about being thankful and excited we are that marriage equality is now a civil right. A few folks have engaged us with the classic clobber texts, and declared us “of the devil,” and “embarrassments” and “not true Christians;” a few other folks have sent words of support from all over the world. And a lot of folks are trying to figure out up from down, left from right, pearls from swine, and all that.
Midway Hills Christian Church is a community of faith that runs the gamut—we’re not all one race, we’re not all one gender, we’re not all one political affiliation; we’re not all gay or straight, we’re all not rich or poor; we’re not homogenous in the least. We are united, though, in accepting our call to do justice, be inclusive and honor diversity. We are a church centered, like every other church in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), on the proclamation that Jesus is Christ, son of the Living God, savior and sovereign. We have a lot of questions, we seek answers together, and we try to love more than we don’t love.
This congregation is made up of people. Real, actual people who are amazing and incredible, generous and loving, sometimes snarky and sometimes shocking, but people, walking the road together, chasing after a resurrected Jesus who’s always running past the boundaries we wish he’d stay in. And we love to meet new folks, treating them with respect, dignity and compassion because that’s how we wish to be treated. We like to break bread together.
I’m putting this all out here because it’s sometimes hard to see folks you may disagree with as human beings. We’re human beings. I’m putting this all out here because it’s sometimes hard to see a way to come into a community as a new person—we were all new once, and we want to meet you. I’m putting this all out here because sometimes the words “Christian,” “church,” and “faith” can drive away people who want to experience one or all of the three—and you are welcome here. We believe that the church is for all people—and when we say all, we mean ALL. Come and test and our welcome. Taste and see, as the Psalmist says.
Okay, Midway Hills, you can start reading again—let’s keep doing justice, being inclusive and honoring diversity. We’ll be continuing on our series of discerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This week, it’s wonder and awe. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.