You’ve got nothing.
Not one thing.
You come at me with a god whose record is far more evil than mine.
You come at me with a Bible whose own believers can’t agree upon what is says and means.
You come at me with a way of life that scatters the broken and gathers the judgemental.
You come at me with a church that serves itself and polices the world, instead of serving the world and policing itself.
You come at me with an attitude convinced that you’re right and everyone else is wrong, while never seeing the wrongs that you insist are so right.
You come at me with a message oozing with guilt, depravity, and shame, all so you can fix me.
You come at me with a salvation that involves damnation, and expect me to receive it.
You wonder why I don’t run to your side. Why I don’t genuflect to your creeds. Why I don’t weaken at the knees upon the sounds of your believing.
You’ve got nothing. That’s why.
Nothing of beauty.
Nothing of healing.
Nothing of hope.
Nothing of Jesus.
You can back up with your driveling diatribes that insist it’s all because I lack the Light to receive truth and divine revelation. Your spiritual date drugs no longer bewitch me.
Let me see you bloodied in battle for human equality.
Let me see you mocked and maligned for your solidarity with the religiously condemned.
Let me see you broke from your generosity towards the outcasts of society.
Let me see you hoarse from your protests against Christian nationalism, systemic racism, and white supremacy.
Let me see you gasping for air from your relentless charges across the moats of patriarchy.
Let me see you bruised and battered from shielding the LGBTQ community against the weaponizing of Scripture.
Let me see you in tears from the condemnation of your loving too much and too unconditionally.
Until then, you’ve got nothing.
Not for yesterday, not for today, not for tomorrow.
Not for me.
Grace is brave. Be brave.
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