I want to rant.
I want to complain. I want to make statements about how messed up our world is, how we could be doing such a better job of working together. This week has been brutal if you've watched the news at all. Every news story that has come across the line has prompted me to open up the blog, start ranting, and then deleting what I've written. In the end, I think it's because I'm just another voice shouting into the void, and absolutely no one is helped by that.
So instead I have decided to be about good news. I have decided to get back to the root of preaching the Gospel, to proclaim and shout good news into a dark void. No complaining. No ranting. Just the straight up good news. So this week, unless the twins keep me up again all night, I'm planning to post good news each and every day. Today, we need to start at this easily over looked point: You are loved.
It doesn't matter what tribe you are a part of. It doesn't matter what labels other people are so eager to put on you. It doesn't matter who you voted for in the last election, or who you plan on voting for in this one. It doesn't matter whether you have been told before that you are unlovable. You are loved. God choose to show up in the world to tell you so in the person of Jesus Christ.
You see, while we were busy making a ladder out of our morality, assuming that if we are just good enough we will eventually get closer to God, God decided to show us power made perfect in weakness by sending Christ. Jesus shows up on the scene and reminds us that we were never all that good at climbing the ladder, and so he's going to do the work on our behalf. What motive would someone have for such a sign of grace? He loves you. End of story.
The fun part is that there is literally nothing you can do to earn this love. It is already yours. And for that matter, Paul would tell us that there is nothing you can do to lose this love once you have it. (Romans 8:38-39) You and I, we have been given a gift of love from a jealous God who will stop at nothing to have us.
Now if I'm going to be offensive, it is here. Through the centuries we have tried to create walls and fences for this love. We have insisted that there is a particular person for whom this love applies. We have tried to claim the love for ourselves, and hate for others who are on the "outside," whatever that means. For those who think of themselves on the inside as well as those who have always been told they are on the outside, hear me on this: there is no fence.
God's love is for everyone. Everyone. Everyone. No conditions. No prerequisites. No fine print. When John tells us that God so loved the world, he means all of it. So maybe it's time for us to tear down the fences. Maybe it's time to view everyone exactly as they are: a beloved son or daughter of Christ.
There may be questions that arise from this. Certain first among them might be "if this is true, what do I do now?" And we'll tackle that soon. But of course, I am a great lover of questions. So if you have something you want to ask, leave a little something in the comments and I'd love to continue the conversation. But before we do that, remember that you are loved, and that those who are asking questions are loved. Those who think they have it figured out and those who are smart enough to know they never will are equally loved. So let's have charity towards each other, both in the comments on a goofy blog and in the real world where we live and play.
More good news tomorrow.