I Am A Cafeteria Christian

By: Woodrow Lucas

I am a Cafeteria Christian,

I am a Cafeteria Christian through and through,

Are you?

I am a Cafeteria Christian because while I believe it is God breathed,

All of Christian Scripture doesn’t speak to me,

Not all of it illuminates me to see my Savior as he really is,

I quote Christian Scripture more than most,

And yet it is love that guides me more than any word, written on a page,

Christians who believe that the Bible is the Word of God usually inspire me quite a bit,

For the quality of their devotion and the fervor of their worship is astounding,

But I believe that God gave me an imagination for a reason,

And I see God more fully through imagining a mother of pure love,

Than the litigious vision of my brothers and sisters being thrown into a lake of fire to writhe for all eternity.

In my mind’s eye my heart shows me every human soul embracing Jesus in the hereafter with tears of gratitude in their eyes,

In my mind’s eye my heart shows me even Satan himself prostrate before our Savior with tears of contrition in his eyes, begging Jesus for a second chance,

And then I see Jesus embracing him and saying “I forgive you brother. Now sing me a song like in the old days.”

Christian Scripture must be beautiful for just consider the way that those who believe it worship God in transcendent ecstasy with tears in their eyes,

And Christian Scripture must be sacred for how could so many verses in it guide my life and give me hope if they weren’t sacred from the heart of the Mother herself.

But in the end, the dreams that get me through nightmarish moments have more to do with the Holy Spirit guiding and illuminating me directly and less with anything written.

I am a cafeteria Christian because some of the dreams that God has given me cannot be found in the bible and yet they are too beautiful to ignore.

Love is my obsession.  And even as I am healed of obsession,  Love is my master, and even as I am healed of slavery, love is my best friend.

And Christian Scripture speaks of love, yes it does, it does so beautifully..

But love has more to say than can be found in the 66 books of the Bible.

And I for one want to hear every last word!!

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