I’m talking about my beliefs, my creed, so to speak. In the “re-boot” post, I talked about how my theological beliefs had settled down a bit since the last period of blog activity (2012-2013), but I didn’t go into much detail, and may have been a bit a bit vague or confusing.
First, let me get the question of orthodoxy out of the way. I affirm the Apostle’s Creed every Sunday in church, and I mean every word.
I believe that Jesus was so much more than just an example for us … but that we cannot ignore his example. And in many ways, I spent most of my life ignoring his example.
Jesus taught peace, yet I found a way to justify every single war the U.S. had ever gotten into.
Jesus crossed social boundaries and embraced the poor, the outcasts of society, and those believed to be sinners, yet I found a way to stay safe in my own middle-class moral superiority. I let myself believe that we’d somehow all started from the same place.
Jesus always spoke up to the powerful for the sake of those who were weaker, poorer, considered sinners, or socially ‘underneath.’
Yet time and again, I’d side with the powerful, the privileged, because I’m one of them … white, male, heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied Christian.
America wss quite literally made for my kind.
And I know I won’t ever understand how it is to be black or gay or trans or female … But at least I can be aware of that. At least I can listen.
At least I can try to follow the Jesus of the Gospels.