"In so much as I understand God to be the pervasive presence of love in the universe, and in so much as I understand Jesus to be the most perfect embodiment and expression of that love in the world, I believe that Jesus is “love, made flesh.” I recognize much about the human condition that is broken and that, left untended, leads to more brokenness. I see Christ’s life and message as the path through that brokenness (not to avoid it, but to make our way through in spite of it), and as such, his life and word is salvific. Folks talk about salvation about a one-and-done sort of fire insurance policy, but I see it as a lifelong process of healing past, present and future hurt (both individual and collective). This doesn’t mean that the hurt ever stops, that we suddenly, upon becoming Christians, are always happy, smiling, bubbly folks. But it does mean we believe in a love that is greater than the sum total of that hurt, and than it is in community that we can both multiply our joys and share the burden of our tragedies."
Why Am I a Christian? (via azspot)