I’m not really a religious person but because it’s Sunday I thought I would do a “thought for the day” type thing.
Growing up in an area known as the Bible belt church is hard to avoid. I went because I had to and left as soon as I could. I found it boring. I don’t like singing adult orientated rock, I don’t like long talks and I didn’t get on with anyone in the youth group except Tara.
I had not seen the girl for ages when I bumped into her again. She asked how I was and long story short we ended up talking about the beatitudes meaning. One of the things I struggled with was how wimpy Jesus sounded in the sermons. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to follow such a weak God that allowed all the evil in the world. So Tara told me about a blog she had been reading about the beatitudes at the start of the Sermon on the Mount. I found the blog and started reading the Beatitudes posts. The one that really caught my eye was the one on Mercy and forgiveness. The bit that made me think was:
"Forgiveness and mercy are not momentary choices; they are disciplines of the heart. We may make the choice to forgive someone but that doesn’t mean that the next time we wake up, raw and real and in touch with our deeper emotions, we won’t still feel that pain. We probably will. But we put it to death, day after day, until it’s fully dead and we’re free of it."
When I heard the beatitudes explained like that I must say that it made me re-think my stance on Jesus but I still think the church sucks!
This was my first and probably last thought of the day.