I Refuse To Believe.



•I refuse to believe that we should accept racism as the way things are.


•I refuse to believe that I can’t change the world.


•I refuse to believe that people who are physically disabled are one bit less valuable than anyone else. 


•I refuse to believe the divorce rate is acceptable and I refuse to believe that “staying together for the kids” is good enough.


•I refuse to believe that divorce is a death sentence.


•I refuse to believe that my past failures and mistakes will determine the quality of my future.


•I refuse to believe that God is pleased with the status of Christian culture.


•I refuse to believe that pornography has to rule the lives of millions of men.


•I refuse to believe that teenagers are in the way.


•I refuse to believe that teenagers should be shoved off into a corner and only called a “Youth Group” because I refuse to believe the church shouldn’t focus on them, feature them, and cater to them.


•I refuse to believe that teenagers are difficult to raise.


•I refuse to believe that God only likes one kind of music.


•I refuse to believe that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans can’t sit together in church and love each other as if there were no difference.


•I refuse to believe that changing the government is the church’s responsibility and I refuse to believe that, because Jesus never, or anyone else in the New Testament one single time, ever talked about it.


•I refuse to believe that Jesus likes the United States more than He likes anyone else.


•I refuse to believe that Jesus has any interest whatsoever in the way you dress for church.


•I refuse to believe that Jesus isn’t interested in the people whom the church ignores.


•I refuse to believe the church can’t be relevant to our current culture.


•I refuse to believe the church can’t be the most powerful force of love on earth.


•I refuse to believe that Jesus cares how much money you have, and therefore I refuse to believe the church should care.


•I refuse to believe that single moms should be looked down upon in any way whatsoever.


•I refuse to believe that pregnant teen girls should be scorned by the church because I refuse to believe they shouldn’t be accepted, love, redeemed, and celebrated.  I refuse to believe that loving them and celebrating them endorses their promiscuity. 


•I refuse to believe that any of you could tell me anything that would make me think less of you.  It is easy for Christians to quote scripture, argue theology, enforce a myriad of rules and regulations, condemn sin, and campaign for their favorite politician, but NOT so easy to live out the commands of the “Love Chapter” when it says that “Love believes all things, endures all things, and hope all things.”


•I refuse to believe that Jesus Christ views any gang member of any race of any culture with even one ounce of contempt.


•I refuse to believe that there is one person on the face of the earth that doesn’t matter to God.


•I refuse to believe that if Jesus appeared in flesh in our world today, that He wouldn’t be hanging out with gay people, with prisoners, with drug addicts, with gangsters, with poor people, with depressed people, with angry people, or with mentally ill people. 


•I refuse to believe that it doesn’t break the heart of Jesus when church people won’t hang out with the same people that He would hang out with.


•I refuse to believe that if Jesus appeared in flesh today that He would spend much time in churches.  I refuse to believe that He wouldn’t spend most of his time in bars, the red-light district, crack houses, gang-infested neighborhoods, the Castro district, and Friday night backyard beer parties for teenagers.


•I refuse to believe that people who’ve been told they’re good-for-nothing are actually good-for-nothing.


•I refuse to believe that modern Christianity is what Jesus had in mind when He started the church.


•I refuse to believe that Sunday shouldn’t be the most enjoyable day of the week.


•I refuse to believe that those who follow Christ are supposed to live in a separate, closed culture, and completely removed from society.


•I refuse to believe that the church cannot be both spiritually deep and culturally relevant at the same time.  In fact, I refuse to believe the church should be anything else.


•I refuse to believe that abortion is anything but a national tragedy.  But I also refuse to believe that screaming “baby-killer” at 15-year-old girls and the display of angry bumper stickers is the way Christians should handle the problem.


•I refuse to believe that any of us have ever looked into the eyes of a person that God didn’t deeply love and care about.  This includes any person of any race or culture.  It includes any person of any religion.  It includes any person of any socio-economic status.  It includes the person with the “Homeless Vietnam Vet, please help” sign, even if they’re not really a homeless Vietnam Vet.  It includes any person you’ve ever had contact with in your life.


•I refuse to believe that the fast food meal I bought this week for two teenagers begging for food money was the wrong thing to do.


•I refuse to believe that after seeing the look in their eyes when I handed them the quesadillas, tacos, and sodas, that I can ever say “No” again.


•I refuse to believe we have a right to look at street-corner beggars with disgust and I refuse to believe that we should have any emotion except heart-broken compassion regardless of what they’re using the money for.


•I refuse to believe that in America, the same playing field is made available to every race and culture.


•I refuse to believe that the fact that America’s most racially segregated hour is 11 o’clock on Sunday morning is anything but horrifying.   And I refuse to believe the racial demographics of every church shouldn’t represent the racial demographics of its community.


•I refuse to believe that an illegitimate child has ever existed, because I refuse to believe every person on the face of this earth is anything but legitimate to God.


•I refuse to believe that Martin Luther King’s dream is impossible, and I also refuse to believe that it isn’t shameful that he had to give the speech in the first place. 


•I refuse to believe that I, as a mostly Caucasian person, have any right whatsoever to tell a person of another race how they should handle being slighted because of the color of their skin, until I have walked in exactly the same shoes. 


•I refuse to believe that I could ever have as much fun as when I’m hanging out with broken, hurting people, because it is those occasions that I feel most like Christ.  I LOVE broken people.


•I refuse to believe that it isn’t a complete disgrace and embarrassment when prominent Christian preachers blamed 9-11 on America’s homosexuality and abortion. 


•I refuse to believe there is any transgression that should keep someone from fulfilling God’s plan in their life.  If there is, the Bible isn’t true and the cross didn’t work.


•I refuse to believe that my good performance of religious guidelines gets me anywhere with God.  If that were the case, the Bible isn’t true and the cross didn’t work.


•I refuse to believe that our feelings self-righteousness, piety, our holier-than-thou disposition, and spiritual arrogance is anything but nauseatingly filthy rags to Jesus.  If not, the Bible isn’t true and the cross didn’t work.


•I refuse to believe the churches requirements for participation and for ministry should be any greater than those applied to Peter, who cursed Christ as he was crucified and then preached the sermon that birthed the church within days.  The concept of scorning people who have failed, which is all of us, is disgraceful.  There must be….MUST BE…a church where God’s grace is more than just a good sermon, more than just a nice song, more than just something we cry about, more than just a word in the name of a church.  There must be….MUST BE…a church where grace is a real thing, where grace is the only rule, where grace is insisted upon, where grace is given by PEOPLE, as well as by God.


•I refuse to believe that God likes me better when I’m succeeding and less when I’m failing.  In fact, it’s probably the opposite.  In fact, Jesus himself said that he had come for those who were sick and NOT for those who were well. 


•I refuse to believe that it doesn’t break the heart of Jesus when His precious establishment of the church has split up into over fourteen hundred different denominations, and that we spend most of our time yelling at each other, rather than doing whatever it takes to reach the world for Him. 


•I refuse to believe that I’ll ever regret loving someone.


•I refuse to believe that any kind of love besides unconditional love counts for much of anything.


•I refuse to believe that any kind of forgiveness besides unconditional forgiveness counts for much of anything.


•I refuse to believe that any kind of acceptance besides unconditional acceptance counts for much of anything.


•I refuse to believe in the word “hopeless.”


•I refuse to believe in the word “impossible.”


•These are the things I refuse to believe.


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