I want to be among people who follow Jesus with abandon. I mean I want to follow him without limits, constraints or the need to control. I’m all in.
Perhaps this explains why love the book, Outlaw Christian by Jacqueline A. Bussie. She exposes unwritten rules in the American cultural Christianity that are “killing us softly.” Over the next few weeks I will examine them. Today’s law is:
Law #1: Never get mad at God. Anger at the Almighty is blasphemy.
Behind this law is a mindset which encourages a façade. If I’m hurt, I won’t talk about it. If I’m disappointed I just keep silent. If I don’t understand God’s actions or inaction, I just accept it without question. That’s not what Jesus did. Or Job or David, the Psalmist.
I don’t want a fake-it-until-you-make-it kind of relationship with God. I want a real relationship that goes deep. I want to be real with God. I think he wants it too. If I have questions, I ask them. If I am wrestling with something, I say it. If I am hurting, I bring it to God. And If I’m angry, I’m honest about it.
I don’t want a relationship with God built on a foundation of fear. Enough of the fear-mongering. Let’s go deeper. Be real. I’m shifting to a foundation of love. Extravagant, outrageous love.
I believe authenticity, wonder, questioning, and honesty are the nutrients we need to make our faith healthy and whole and genuinely our own at last. Jacqueline A. Bussie in Outlaw Christian
I’m looking for like-minded people. I want to talk to others who are growing in the same direction. It’s new territory for me. I’m excited and I want to explore.
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©2017 Belinda Perez McDanel