You’re worth more than a million canaries.

Sexuality (or race or socio-economic status or gender or a system of
belief) is NOT a binary construct. We cannot label children of God and
put them in to one category or another, asking that one particular
group contort their lives and loves so that we can assimilate them
into our safe and rigid pre-conceived notions about what is Christian
and what is acceptable. This whole system of insiders and outsiders is
exactly what Christ came to disassemble.

What we need are non-punitive conversations that lead to
reconciliation, bridge building and the realization that we can agree
to disagree and still function in a respectful community that embodies
God’s claim that all people, ALL people, are beautiful creations.

We need religious leaders who refuse to cling with white knuckles to a
theology infiltrated with cultural stigmas and hate. A theology that
has inexcusibly trampled upon Jesus’s entire message of radical love.

We need followers of Jesus, proclaimers of good news, to step up and
say, enough is enough! Jesus demanded justice. And we should too.
Jesus showed us and instructed us over and over again that everyone
means everyone. And not just once we’ve cleaned them up and made them
put on masks to fit precisely into our nice and defined boundaries.
Everyone means everyone. No ifs, ands or buts.

When did we become so confused about what is institution, what is
cultural bias and what is, in fact, Christ? We, as a church and
society, have greatly limited and diminished the resurrection and
promise of the One who came to free us all. And that completely breaks
my heart.

To each and every one of you who has ever felt the sting of prejudice,
oppression, injustice or hate: Don’t give up hope. You are a gift. You
are loved. God created you beautifully and marvelously. Don’t allow
supposed people of religion to define or confine your worth. You are
precious.

In the words of Jesus….
Don’t be bluffed into silence by the threats of bullies. There’s
nothing they can do to your soul, your core being. Save your fear for
God, who holds your entire life—body and soul—in his hands. “What’s
the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right? And God cares
what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater
attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on
your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re
worth more than a million canaries. -Matthew 10:28-31 (MSG)

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2 thoughts on “You’re worth more than a million canaries.

  1. The Bible is pretty clear on what is and is not acceptable. Jesus did not come to erase God and his message, but to add. All God’s views on sin still stand.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Heather. I believe it’s important for people with different views and beliefs to discuss theology in respectful, constructive ways.

    I would agree that Jesus did not come to erase God’s message. Jesus was, in fact, THE message. Word in flesh. God’s long story of relentless love culminated with the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

    However, I would disagree that the Bible clearly states all of God’s views on sin. To assume that we, as humans, can fully understand anything about God is a gross exaggeration of our knowledge. I do believe that the Bible is God-breathed and the writers crafted a master narrative that combines history, literary expression and theological ideology to beautifully describe who God is and who God wants us to be.

    The common thread in scripture is God’s tireless, menacing, unfathomable love for us. Which is made fully known through Jesus. Who calls us to live a life of radical love as He did.

    He did not cast certain people aside or look upon anyone with eyes of disgust or judgement. He made the outsiders insiders. He took those who were condemned by the world and loved them recklessly. He called us all to make love our law.
    From the people of Moses to the woman at the well, God’s love is the answer.
    Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
    -Romans 13:8-10 (NRSV)

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