From the shore, the ocean is forever. It’s a beautiful, dangerous place. Music is tied to the sea, born from the struggle, looking for hope. Because hope belongs in the dark places.
—Jon Foreman, Switchfoot (via thelegendof-switchfoot)
I feel like the Christian tradition, it means a lot of things to different people. And when you say I’m a Christian, I’m a believer, I’m this or that, a lot of times it can mean, I voted for George Bush. … Where for me, I tend to identify a little bit more with the Christ that I read about that says he came for the captives, the broken, the homeless, the hungry, the hurting, the poor, the underprivileged, the outcasts, and the folks that feel like they’re sick and need a doctor. And so I can identify with that because I can identify with someone who’s broken more than with someone who’s got everything figured out. Because I don’t have everything figured out. …
I think that when it comes to judgment, Christ is really clear saying judge not lest ye be judged. Like I said, I’m on the journey myself. I don’t pretend to have some sort of theological degree or anything like that, but I feel like that’s strong enough for me to say, you know what, my job on this planet is not to judge, but to love. And I feel like Christ, he hung out with the tax collectors, the prostitutes of his time, and the outcasts — the people that the temple would refuse. And I wonder if people that the temple would refuse of his time, that there might be a correlation with who would the church refuse at this time. Those would probably be the people that Christ would be hanging out with - loving, having dinner with them, talking, that excites me, to think that that’s the kind of God that I serve. …
I’ve got a song in a side project of mine, it’s called “Fiction Family,” and it’s a song that says, “Put your God badge down and love someone.” I think that sometimes when people come to a form of faith, they feel that it’s their duty to put a “God badge” on and then begin to be deputized, playing God on the planet. And I think that’s a really dangerous thing to do. I feel like our role here on the planet, as humans, is to love. And to be representations of the love that we’ve received, the grace, the compassion that we’ve received. And I would love to see the church rise to that calling.
Young women fervently in love with Jesus Christ aren’t worried what other people think – their eyes are seeking only the applause of heaven. And, like Christ, they approach every circumstance in life with the knowledge that their heavenly Father is handling the situation – their role is not to manipulate or control. Their role is merely to yield themselves fully to Him. And they have found great joy in this abandoned life, so much so that they truly embrace singleness as a gift, rather than resenting it as a stigma.
—Leslie Ludy (via pepper-ish)
When we are passionately in love with our Prince, we put Him above all else—not just in theory, but also practically, in every moment of our day-to-day lives. We do not live for the applause of heaven. Our longings are not for people’s approval but only for more and more of Him. We are marked by an effortless, unshakable strength that is found in the presence of our perfect Lover.