I thought I had moved as far from the fundamentalism of my childhood as possible. But at the same time I didn’t know that it would take more to escape black-and-white thinking than just no longer attending your parents’ church…
I had been lied to, and in my anger at being lied to about the containers (superficial black and white containers of religious morality), I left the church.
But it turns out, I hadn’t actually escaped the sorting system.
I had just changed the labels.
~ Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix
Jesus said, “I did one miraculous thing a few months ago, and you’re still standing around getting all upset, wondering what I’m up to. Moses prescribed circumcision—originally it came not from Moses but from his ancestors—and so you circumcise a man, dealing with one part of his body, even if it’s the Sabbath. You do this in order to preserve one item in the Law of Moses. So why are you upset with me because I made a man’s whole body well on the Sabbath? Don’t be nitpickers; use your head—and heart!—to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right.”
John 7:24-28 | Message Bible
Abba, give me the grace to move past nitpicking – even nitpicking about nitpicking. Let there be one container I fix on today, one container from which I drink and from which I pour out: the one filled with your grace and overflowing with your love. Through Christ.