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How do you say that you serve Jesus and not alienate everyone around you?
Are you broken? …or pretending not to be?
via About | Joseph Kiser.
We cannot understand love if we do not face the depth of evil in and around us.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD.”
The standard way to translate this is: “You’re a dirty sinner and you’re gonna go to hell! Stop drinkin’ the whiskey so you can be saved!” Which, of course, is stupid on a level that will make blood shoot out of your eyes.
But what does it mean then?
This passage holds the key to everything. It is a many faceted gem that you can peer into from different angles and see different attributes. First, the low-hanging fruit: yes, we are all dirty sinners. But, if I stop (or even linger) there, I miss everything that is wonderful about this passage. All of its beauty and love is drained into the equivalent of a blood pit at the slaughter house.
But what does it mean?!?!?
It means: We are all equal.
I started this blog as a way to organize my mind to write the book that was hiding in there.
I went quiet for a couple months as I gathered my material and finished writing the book.
The editing has been grueling, humbling and even embarrassing. I’m now in the proofing phase.
The dark creature that lives inside us crawls out in the middle of the night. The dark creature that lives beside us joins in the fray. Together they destroy everything. It’s not an accident and it isn’t funny. What’s left is a puddle on the floor and splattered on the walls. The memories won’t go away and they don’t grow dim. This is our life. This is the struggle that we will always face. There is only one escape.
We all feel like we’re alone in the secrets we carry and we fight daily to build a life around the darkness in our lives. Pretending won’t make the bad things go away.
This is a story about building a life in spite of the pain – not a fairytale that denies it.