I have a deep need to find a community where I can be damaged, cynical, and really wrestle with what God is speaking into my life. I have interacted with so many people who just need a safe space to really figure out where they fall on the question of religion. We need a safe place to ask dangerous questions. Questions that can lead to drastic change in our lives. We need a sancutary for religious exploration and biblical learning. One where we stop taking things at face value and learn to really dive in and think for ourselves.
Where there is no vision the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) I don’t think that just means that we need good leadership. If we are blind to truth for ourselves, no amount of preaching or predigested theology will help us. We will wither and starve. We need a place to learn to digest the Word on our own. Where making mistakes and being broken are ok. A place where authenticity is applauded, not swept under the rug.
We need a real community where we are all fighting to survive this together.
That’s what I want to help create. I don’t know who will come, but I trust God will bring the right people. I can feel in my bones that I can’t just sit by anymore. It’s time to try and build this community. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like, but I just want people to feel loved.
I want people to feel safe to question and doubt. I want people to not feel like they have to check part of themselves at the door. I want to whole person, not just the cleaned up version. I want them, warts and all. I want this community to be an expression of the love and acceptance that God has for us. No more feeling that they aren’t good enough. No more thinking they aren’t worth love. No more people forcing their beliefs on them, but rather them learning to live out their own faith.
It’s time to get to work. Let’s do this.