These are just a few!! Believe me, there are tons more that we use. God deals with us collectively, as well as individually. Does He categorize? I think so, to an extent, yet our eternal futures are solely based on our INDIVIDUAL relationships with Him!
We, even after being made in His image and likeness, fail at this. We judge and condemn, based on labels we place on all these boxes we shove folks into. My mind goes immediately to my former father-in-law telling me, point blank, we are going to hell for leaving the Catholic Church. Imagine the loss of respect there. That's neither the first nor the last time I've been told that, by die-hard Catholics. I've even had some to treat me as though they never knew me, and as though they've forgotten my name. "PROTESTANT!!", they called me. LOL!! I will protest against any and all forms of ignorance, just so y'all know, no matter the denomination I find it in. Yes, it exists under ALL umbrellas.
I'll end this by sharing the notes I jotted down on Tuesday:
To be a real man is to be of God. Think about it; what the scripture says:
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’”
It does not say, "let us make black man or white man." It does not say, "let us make Christian or Jew." It does not say, "let us make Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, or even non-denominational." It certainly does not say, “let us make democrat or republican!”
It simply says, “LET US MAKE MAN!”
The divisions of mankind are self-created and self-inflicted.
Just a man, I am. Most of you know that I’ve had many experiences with religious/spiritual/imposing/awesome people, all while sitting with my coffee, Bible, and journal at Starbucks locations and coffee shops all over. One time, a very professional looking woman noticed me reading my Bible. She asked where I attended Church. I told her, “Our Lady of Fatima”. She responded, “That’s a Catholic church, right?” “Yes,” I answered. She then said, “I didn’t think you all read the Bible!” Yes, people, that’s what she said!! LOL! Wow! I remained silent after that and went back to reading, and eventually she realized I was done talking to her.
Don't put me in a box! I promise I'll disappoint!!
There is SO MUCH freedom to be had, simply by accepting the truth that God just made us to be HIS!! OH MY!! THINK ABOUT IT!! How did God respond to Moses' question; “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you." WOW!! Again, we were created in His image and likeness. All these names and categories by and in which we choose to live just muddy the waters of the GREATNESS God created us to be. As Peter Tosh said, "I am that I am , I am , I am, I am!" He also says in the same song, "I'm not in this world to live up to your expectation. Neither are you here to live up to mine." Anyway, "He who has ears, let him hear."
HAPPY THURSDAY!! I LOVE YOU ALL, VERY MUCH!!