In other words, stay rooted in faith. And be aware when our faith waivers and needs the bolstering of prayer or study or some other spiritual discipline. Apply ourselves to what we value most, which for people of faith is that God loves us beyond our wildest imaginations. Then, we use that love to live out our lives with mercy, justice, and peace. Stay rooted in faith.
There are many today who disparage religion, especially Christianity. Many Christians, it seems as well, are embarrassed by the claims of our faith tradition. These “Oh No” attitudes are enhanced by a lack of understanding mixed with a misplaced sense of knowing.
The story of the Bible and especially of Jesus is to free people from oppression, from self-hatred, from the pain of exclusion, from human-made laws and doctrines that hurt more than they help. The story of faith is for each of us to return from exile. This represents immense change from our normal, selfish concerns and even the distaste some of us feel when we look in the mirror.