This morning I read these words from theologian Richard Rohr. He was writing about how humanity has used scapegoating as a means of denying our own responsibility and projecting our “shadow” onto others.
"He (Jesus) did not come to change God’s mind about us. It did not need changing. Jesus came to change our minds about God - and about ourselves - and about where goodness and evil really lie."
Changing our mind about God? In my experience, I have met many people who are waiting for God to turn away from them as they see God as a cruel judge. I’ve met others who seem to be begging God to turn toward them, believing God has already seen them unworthy. There are others who have projected their own “shadow” onto God, and in so doing, have diminished themselves and their capacity to embrace and experience God.
I believe The Downtown Church, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is part of teaching and sharing the mind of God revealed in Jesus Christ. I am passionate about people learning and embracing the grace of God, the love of God, the absolute mercy and justice of God. I am sold out that the way of Jesus Christ is the way of transforming each of us and the world. I am astounded by the power of the Holy Spirit to move in and among us. Through it all I am grateful for the front row seat I have to watch God use this particular body of Christ to change minds about God.
Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
See you Sunday,