Losing Our Way

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Someone recently accused me of “losing my way.” This was an obvious response to my supportive posts on social media of the LGBTQ+ community and to my leading our church to venture out beyond its building to sing hymns at a local brewery.

Here is my reply to this accusation:

“Thank you! Losing my way has been long and difficult, but I continue to work on it!”

Shouldn’t that be our life-long commitment as followers of Jesus? To lose our way to follow Jesus’ way.

  • We are losing our way of fearing the stranger, to follow Jesus’ way of welcome and inclusion
  • We are losing our way of pushing those who are different to the margins, to follow Jesus’ way of restoring them back into community
  • We are losing our way of focusing inward, to follow Jesus’ way of focusing outward
  • We are losing our way of staying in a place of sanctuary, to follow Jesus’ way of leaving our comfort zones
  • We are losing our way of judgment, to follow Jesus’ way of grace

I have heard many people say that our nation has “lost its way.”

Here is my response to that:

“I only wished it were so.”

But maybe we are working on it.

There have been movements throughout our history that have challenged our country to lose its way “in order to form a more perfect union.” These include the Abolitionist Movement, the Women’s Suffrage Movement, the Labor Movement, the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War Movement. The good news is that there many Christian movements afoot today. And like our past movements, they are challenging our country to lose its way to follow the way of Jesus.

  • To lose its way of greed and materialism, to follow Jesus’ way of generosity
  • To lose its way of dishonesty and deceit, to follow Jesus’ way of truth
  • To lose its way of violence and domination, to follow Jesus’ way of servanthood
  • To lose its way of militarism and perpetual war, to follow Jesus’ way of peace
  • To lose its way of putting itself first, to follow Jesus’ way that began with “For God so loved the world”
  • To lose its way of bigotry, to follow Jesus’ way of valuing every human as one made in the image of God
  • To lose its way of harming children, to follow Jesus’ way of treating children as the greatest among us
  • To lose its way of suppressing the rights of women, to follow Jesus’ way of empowering women
  • To lose its way of abandoning the needs of the sick, the hungry, the foreigner and the imprisoned, to follow Jesus’ way of loving them as our very selves
  • To lose its way of inequality, to finally follow Jesus’ way of liberty and justice for all

May the followers of Jesus continue to proclaim the way of Jesus to our nation, so one day, the whole world will make the accusation: “America has lost its way.”

And we can reply:

“Thank you! Losing our way has been long and difficult, but we continue to work on it!”

4 thoughts on “Losing Our Way

  1. Sheri Francis

    Amen! I’d rather lose my way like you than follow in the way of the poser evangelicals that permeate our society! Happy 4th! Xoxo

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  2. As a staunch atheist, I don’t normally say this, but AMEN brother. If only there were more religious leaders like yourself who weren’t afraid to stand up for what’s right and just in this world, rather than parroting what they think will draw the biggest crowds and fill their tithing plates to the brim.

    This was a refreshing read. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Josh. If the only god is the god Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr proclaim, I am an atheist too. Love is my God. Justice is my religion. And the selfless, sacrificial way of Jesus is my church. And you are indeed my brother!

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