“I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say, “I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white; I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man; I will punish you because you are homosexual, you ought to have been heterosexual.” I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.”
– Desmond Tutu, Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa; Nobel Laureate
I’ve heard it said that pastors preach the sermons they most need to hear. As a robust spiritual exercise and free service to my readers, Marian will now periodically feature theological sound bytes from Christians like Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter, rather than giving all the press to twits like Pat Robertson.
The occasion for this inspired bit of blogging is the imminent commencement (sometime in the next month) of my first parish pastorate and the sad, but true, realization that a somewhat more upbeat attitude about the faith of my forefathers might help me survive — intact — the coming year as an intern/solo pastor. Fear not, faithful readers, the wit, insight, and devastating good looks you’ve come to expect from Marian the Seminarian will continue.
Your prayers/good vibes/positive thinking/funky hoodoo are, as always, appreciated.
© Marian the Seminarian, 2013