I have learned that when I fear taking on (add your own pet hate) I miss the point:
a) “fear” has no place in love
b) “taking on” is a win and lose scenario
c) “pet hate” is a roadblock to relationship
The God I know is not of fear – nor of winning and losing – nor of placing roadblocks in my way.
I do that.
“taking on the atheists”
“taking on the gays”
“taking on those who do not believe the bible (as they should)”
“the qualified theologians”
“the institution of church”
“the lack of church”
“the ones who scare me”
The “anyone who makes me uncomfortable (pet hate)”
Because behind every label and category is you and me several choices from now – several choices ago – several choices I couldn’t face – several choices I had to face.
I think that is why I find it easier and easier to follow God Soft Hands Jesus.
He sees me – no matter my label for me (or you).
And THAT is relationship.