That’s a bold statement. In writing it, I have lost friends on Facebook, gotten some chastising emails, and made people wonder “what happened”.
Nothing has happened. I’m still married. We still have 2 wonderful daughters, 3 cats, 1 snake, and a herd of dustbunnies. I still believe in the Trinity: Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifer. I believe in the saving work of Jesus.
I am simply stating what I believe.
There are organizations which I have participated in the past who will now no longer invite me to serve. I am sorry they feel that way, but like many other Americans, I think that there is a basic civil liberty at stake here.
To my friends and fellow believers who are upset, I still care about you. I still believe in God’s love being for each one of us, individually,completely and without reservation. I will gladly stand and sing in worship to our God, lifting my hands and voice in praise. I’ll pray with you for your worries, your fears, your families, your illnesses and believe that God is bigger than anything we hold in our hearts as our private pain.
To those whom I have offended in the past, or have been insensitive to your own struggles and issues, I ask your forgiveness.
Several years ago, I chose two “life verses” (as if one’s life could be capsulized into a few Bible verses? I know, I know…) They still ring true in my heart:
8The Lord God has told us
what is right
and what he demands:
“See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God.”
1I patiently waited, Lord,
for you to hear my prayer.
You listened 2 and pulled me
from a lonely pit
full of mud and mire.
You let me stand on a rock
with my feet firm,
3 and you gave me a new song,
a song of praise to you.
Many will see this,
and they will honor
you, the Lord God.
I’ll keep learning, walking and growing. I will not abandon my faith nor my trust in God. Join me.