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Stuck in the middle

Someone told me today that she just couldn't take it anymore. We left the church. Not just one church but THE church. All churches. She just couldn't take the way people treated each other. Black (this woman was white) or gay (she was also straight). She experienced the ugliness of humanity. She can get that anywhere. So she left.
I mourn because she's right. We are ugly to one another. But what I mourn over just as much isn't that we find this in the church, its that the church isn't telling the right story.
We get the ending right. "There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away." (Rev 21:4b) And we get the beginning right, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." (Genesis 1:1-2) But somehow we get the middle of the story wrong. Between this…

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