I Am Not Ashamed

Rachel Held Evans“I am not ashamed that when God strapped on sandals and walked among us, God fed the hungry, wept with the mourning, touched the untouchable, turned water into wine, cracked jokes about religion, obeyed his mom, defended the defenseless, bantered with children, forgave his enemies, and reminded us that the whole point of it all is to love God and love our neighbors well.  That’s it.”

You just read a paragraph of great insight and confession by Rachel Held Evans.  I include it here, today, because it echos my own heartbeat and, IMHO, is one of the best “sermons” I’ve heard lately.  If you’d like to read it for yourself, [and I so encourage you to], then go here.  BUT FIRST…THIS SPOILER ALERT:

The article is a bit lengthy for the standard internet reader although I – a skimmer myself – kept being drawn on and shouting, “It’s worth the read.”  Also…It’s not for the faint of heart.  It begins with a “non condemning spirit” of reality concerning things that Rachel (and I) am “ashamed of and sorry for.” 

You see…sometimes (many times) we need to face up to things that aren’t right to launch us forward into what is right.

Ready, set, go here.