here are the sentences that might get me into trouble with some, from my sermon this coming weekend:
Our identity as loved, created beings, chosen to be light in the world, doesn’t make us afraid of, superior to, isolated from, or hostile toward people who aren’t following Jesus – just the opposite: our identity invites us to love the world, regardless of race, religion, political views, sexual orientation, or any other difference – moral or amoral.
The light doesn’t say to the darkness, “you suck! I’m here to obliterate you!” It says, in a humble, almost child-like voice, “Here I am. I’m here to bring warmth and illumination.”