Sunday, April 28, 2013

Religion and the Fence

David Wilcox says that his song, "Beyond Belief," is about "expecting more from your relationship with the Infinite than just some theological gated community."

He talks about what it means to follow "this crazy carpenter . . . such a wily sort of guy." And how it's never what he expects. When he starts building a religion according to his own ideas, he makes a place where "the gates are all closed and the fences are high."

Suddenly, he looks around to find that Jesus is outside the fence.

David has captured my heart exactly.

Leave the gates and the passwords known by just your kind. Walk beyond the divisions of the symbols and the signs.

This is what I want to do. Make way for the love of Christ in and for every single person. This has nothing to do with religion, race, sexual orientation, politics, whether you use the right lingo, blah, blah, blah.

It's an exciting adventure to leave that comfortable gated community and just be in the world. Loving people. Doing my work.

Not trying to be elite, or "righteous" or right about things. Not bothering with labels--God knows they never fit anyway.

The thing that matters: love. Boundless, infinite love here for you, right now, especially if you are outside that fence.

Photos: top--Microsoft clipart. Bottom and middle--North Cascades, by Christi Krug

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