The Message

According to Wikipedia, "Humans of New York (HONY) is a photoblog and book that features street portraits and interviews collected on the streets of New York City. Started in November 2010 by photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York has developed a large following through social media."

I follow humansofny on Instagram and am always eager to read their daily feed. Often insightful, always personal, the interviewees speak about almost any topic imaginable. Several days ago, the entry was as follows...

“I normally don’t tell people I’m a Christian because they assume you’re a zealot, or parochial, or close-minded. And I don’t think I’m any of those things. I go to a progressive church. We bring in great speakers and do a lot of volunteering. My religion is just a centering part of my life. It gives me guideposts. It gives me a code of ethics and helps me see dignity in other people. Sure, there’s a storybook nature to it. And it can be a shame that people focus so much on the story. I'd rather focus on the message the story conveys." from humansofny Instagram post Nov. 11, 2017

The topic of what is means to be a Christian in today's world often comes up in conversation during our Thursday women's group. And I am usually speaking up about that very idea, the one of how I don't like to be compared to the zealots and close-minded people professing to be Christians.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I am most certainly grateful to have the opportunity to be a participant in a church that welcomes all, that reaches out into the community, that feels welcoming and safe while sitting in straight-backed chairs in a high school band room. We hear the story, but I feel as a whole, it's our actions that reflect the message of those stories. It is my wish for all those out there searching for meaning in their faith life to find a home equally as loving as GGCC. 

What does it mean to you to be a Christian in today's world? What message do YOU hear?

Andrea Heshmati

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