HONY, Messy Beliefs, Beautiful People

This tumblog came out on Humans of New York on June 29th, and I think about it for an hour a day. It makes me so sad, confused, mad, and thankful.

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  • Sad, because a man let men’s words convolute his belief system.
  • Confused, because nothing he says lines up with the Bible. Wouldn’t an ordained pastor seek God’s word and follow it before man’s word? And if he doesn’t, then nothing will ever make sense to him again.
  • Mad, that this guy and so many millions in the world are easily led astray by lies planted by the enemy of the world–lies that bend ideas, plant hostility, and turn naive, thoughtless statements by man into full blown accusations against God.
  • Thankful, that Jesus came to seek and save the lost. I was once lost, and now I know who I belong to. I’m thankful that it’s never too late for anyone, including this guy.

He’s totally right that what “They say” is cruel, but it’s not God’s cruelty.

1 Peter 2:11-12 from The Message version of the Bible says,

Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.

I can’t recommend reading Humans of New York enough. The people featured are literally snapshots of humanity and, if you read with an open heart, you may find a new depth of seeing people as Jesus does–messy, broken, fragile, and always, always beautiful.