I while ago some of the men at our office got an email from me with a link that had an article about why men should not be ordained. It was absolutely hilarious and I felt so great popping this little thought-provoker into their mail boxes. After all the years of discrimination. Not from these men—who happen to be my good friends, but from the establishment. (Here you can feel free to decide for yourself what you consider the establishment to be. I know what it is for me. And I won’t go into detail.)
The article said great things like: The pastoral duty of the man may distract him from the responsibilities of being a parent, some men are handsome and this will distract women worshippers, the man’s place is in the army and such.
Then we got on to discussing other themes, such as the value of all kinds of human beings, whether they are muslims, gays, Republicans, vegetarians or anything else.
I think it is sad how Christians have gained the reputation of being the ones who are unaccepting and judgmental, when it is so far from what we should actually communicate. Love, forgiveness and acceptance should be our trademark. Not condemnation.
So Rob, our good friend, ended the conversation with these great words of wisdom:
“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !”
I reflect often on how we miss the message of Jesus and are so busy deciding ‘in’ and ‘out’ we fail to recognise not only movement towards but what a great joy ‘acceptance’ actually brings.
Thanks Rob, for setting such a good example for us. For me.