I am often amused by the way people act around me when I’m at some location other than church. Once they find out I’m a minister, their language cleans up, their complaints about others suddenly become very understanding and the references to violence cease. It’s as if a switch has been flipped. What amuses me about this is I know they’re not being real. It’s a show put on for my benefit. What’s sad about this is it separates me from the real person. There suddenly becomes a void between us that neither can reach across.
There is a branch of theology which claims God is separated from the world, that there is a void between God and the world. This void cannot be reached across except through Jesus Christ. This distant God exists somewhere “out there”, out of touch with human beings (with the exception of messages brought to him by a divine emissary.) I believe this is a sad way to view God. I also think it’s a sad way to view your minister. I believe that God is in constant contact with us; deeply and truly connected to each one of us. God desires to be in contact with you – the real you – because God is deeply and truly in love with you. So be yourself (even around your minister) and you’ll find out you’re accepted no matter what. Because you are truly loved.
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!