Enable me to love
a world beyond my own skin
a world beyond my own mind
a world beyond my own cares
a world beyond my own security
a world beyond my little corner of the world
I have to have the best. I know it doesn’t sound very Christian to have to have the best, but when it comes to plastic wrap I have to have premium plastic wrap. I purchase Saran Wrap.
I’ve tried the off-brand plastic wraps. Invariably, the edge used to cut the wrap tears up. And when that happens, I lose my religion.
I have to have the best so I can be more Christian.
They say “don’t sweat the small stuff.” OK, I’ve heard that a million times. And yes, it’s true. But sometimes a person just needs life to go smoothly in at least some small way. Is it too much to want a smooth plastic wrap experience?
Prayers for those who are having a bumpy ride. I hope your ride will soon be smooth. In the meantime, make sure you’ve got some good plastic wrap in the house.
It’s been a tough year for us heterosexuals. Gay people seem to be taking over the world. Gay people in the NBA. Gay people in the NFL. Now a gay beauty pageant winner.
Gay men told me for years a lot of beauty pageant winners were lesbians but I considered their comments wishful thinking. But – but Djuan Trent, a former Miss Kentucky, has announced to God and the world that she is queer. I can hear it now, “I told you so!” I can hear it now “Gay is beautiful!” What’s a heterosexual to do?
Of course, I’m writing tongue-in-cheek. Some of my best friends just happen to be LGBT. I an the lucky pastor of some incredible people, including black gay people. And all of my LGBT friends are beautiful in their own way, even if none of them have won any beauty pageants.
Wake up heterosexuals! Beauty is all around you, even in forms and people you may have never imagined.
This Sunday Wedgewood Church is having a worship service to celebrate the United Church of Christ’s extravagant welcome of us Wedgewoodians. UCCer’s believe a welcome is not enough. To be faithful to God, a welcome has to be an extravagant welcome, as demonstrated by Jesus.
Everybody and their sister and brother is going to be at the service. And those who aren’t going to be able to attend the worship service have sent us extravagant welcome videos from all over the map.
All this hullabaloo has made me aware of why I don’t like the United Church of Christ. I don’t like the UCC for the same reasons I don’t like Jesus. It’s not in my self interest to be a UCCer or to follow Jesus. Yes, I know about the heaven thing, whatever that is, but other than that the cost of discipleship is too costly, in my book. Not that I’m all that Christian, but to be honest, I don’t want to be any more Jesus-like than I already am. I’ve done enough for Jesus. At least, that’s the way I feel. And the reason I really don’t like the UCC is they are not going to let me get away with that sentiment.
Being UCC is a hard way to be a human being, a hard way to follow Jesus, a hard way to be a citizen, a hard way to do church. What was I thinking when I encouraged Wedgewood to align with the UCC?
What was I thinking!
Maybe I wasn’t thinking. Perhaps the UCC extravagant welcome, like the extravagant welcome of Jesus, is just so irresistible I couldn’t resist it.
Have you ever received an extravagant welcome? If you haven’t, come to Wedgewood, go to a UCC church, invite Jesus into your life. I think you are going to find such a welcome hard to ignore, even though it’s going to really complicate your life.