Some people have recently said some things that lead me to think there is confusion about me and what I do so I want to take a minute to clear things up.
I lead a group of people who minister to and love the very poor and homeless. And as long as that is all I talk about, then most folks have no problem with me or my work. But when I talk about gay issues, or gender issues or imply the church ever did anything wrong, folk become very concerned. And tell me that if I stray off homeless issues, they won’t support me. Or even be associated with me. In fact, some have actively tried to stop me. One guy called churches that I work with and told them I was a false prophet and heretic. (As we say in the South, “bless his heart”.)
Let me be loud and clear about something. The same thing I see in Jesus that leads me to have concern and love for the very poor and homeless puts me squarely on the side of anyone who is on the margins.
Let me be even more clear:
I have only one desire, one mission, one calling. It is to reach out to those-
who are broken
who are hurting
who are marginalized
who feel forgotten
who are passed-over
who are weeping
who are unloved
who have been so hurt they are afraid to love
who have been told they are outside of God’s love
who have been hurt in the name of God
who are not sure there is a god
who want to give up
who are so lonely they ache
who have only seen God used as a weapon
who have serious questions they are afraid to voice
who are afraid to hope anymore
who have been told their sexuality or gender separates them from God
who have been been made to feel less than fully human –
and to tell those people that God is on their side.
Jesus called them the poor in spirit. And he called them blessed.
And said they get the Kingdom of Heaven.
If you have this God thing figured out, if you%u2019re convinced that you do all the right things that make your God happy, if you have no questions, no doubts, no fear %u2013 you aren’t poor in spirit you are rich in spirit.
And Jesus doesn’t have much of anything to say to you.
Sorry. I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear.
But that is what I am here to say, and shout, and live out.
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This gets a big loud pentecostal holler from me.