It is not true that this world and its inhabitants are doomed to die and be lost;
This is true: For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that everyone who believes in him shall not die, but have everlasting life.
It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction:
This is true: Jesus has come that we might have life, and have it abundantly.
It is not true that violence and hatred shall have the last word, and that war and destruction have come to stay forever;
This is true: For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, in whom authority will rest, and whose name will be the prince of peace.
It is not true that our dreams of liberation for humankind, our dreams of justice, of human dignity, of peace, are not meant for this earth and its history;
This is true: The hour comes and it is now, that true worshippers shall worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
It is not true that we are simply victims of the powers of evil that seek to rule the world;
This is true: To Christ is given authority in heaven and on earth. Christ will be with us always, to the end of the world.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This Is True
This was the liturgical reading at the LaSalle Street Church a few weeks ago. Senior Pastor, Laura Truax, told me they repeated it for several weeks in a row and people were very moved by it.