| ||"HE was really speaking through you tonight..."|
I was giving a seminar in Duluth, MN that went particularly well. One of the photographers after the show came up to me and said the sentence above with all sincerity, and it was flattering. When I told him I was no longer a christian, but that I used to be, his body language was somewhere between wanting to ditch and confusion.
I have been told that I am one of the more "Christlike" people many have met, and many of the lessons that I took from it (make not a public demonstration of prayer, etc) suits me today. I used to study scripture, and when I got into the book of Genesis and Judges, that's when I just felt that it was more of a stretch than I could truly, whole-heartedly absorb.
A child has some sense of right and wrong, and one of the priests I knew got busted for molestation. Rather than get into a big internal conflict of wanting to hang on (for salvation's sake) and fully adopt to the sweat pores all of the far-fetched stories that in my heart I knew couldn't be true (at best, these stories were metaphors, but of what? Jealousy? Vengeance?)
It sounds weird, but in my journal I wrote that love had to be the overruling law of harmony in the universe. I would put all of my energy into love. Loving my wife, my friends, loving the truth, loving myself and my family, my horse, nature, the joy of cooking, or weeding, or laughing, or smiling, or Ferguson the Pig, or the Segway, or the iced coffee at DeDutch, or snuggle time during the commercials of "So You Think You Can Dance".
The concept of Jesus brings warm, wonderful radiance to so many of my friends, and through this avenue they express their love with even more devotion. That's why so many of my friends are Christians. They are simply loving people - no other category needed. Any congregation that promotes this harmonious celebration of love in the world's simple things is a jewel in the community. I've learned so much from all of you, and what I've learned is that the world is about loving each other and the miracle around us in everything. And this is something even an atheist can marvel at.
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