Monday, February 13, 2012

Live Fully, Love Wastefully, Be All That You Can Be

"The whole purpose of the Christ, the whole purpose of the Church, is to build a world where everyone in that world has a better opportunity to live fully, to love wastefully, and to be all that they can be in the infinite variety of our humanity. People of every race and of every ethnic origin, male and female, gay and straight, transgender, bisexual, left-handed, right-handed, ALL the varieties of our humanity. The job of the Church is not to tell someone what they must be to satisfy our emotional needs. The job of the church is to free everybody and to love everybody into being all that they can be. That's the message of the gospel. 'I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly' and 'By this shall people know that you are my disciples - that you love one another.' There are no exceptions. Jesus did not say, "Come unto me, some of ye.' He said, "Come unto me, ALL of ye." 

~ Bishop John Shelby Spong (Ret.)