I used to believe we followed rules in faith to contain ourselves, to manage the brokenness of being human because we can’t be trusted. But somewhere along the way, I started realizing the rules were the farthest thing from the free, flourishing life the Divine intended for human beings to experience.
Once I realized that, my whole world started spinning. Everything I had been taught seemed to hinge on the idea that humans are bad and need to be contained, but I couldn’t go along with that anymore. I knew better.
Ultimately, I expected one of two end results to resolve the spinning: 1) Find satisfactory answers and return to a “normal” faith or 2) Walk away from faith entirely.
Instead, I landed somewhere in the middle.
There are some aspects of my original understanding of faith that I absolutely walked away from and will never go back to. There are other, new aspects of faith, though, that compel me to believe in the Divine more than I ever have before.
My view of faith now is centered around the belief that Creation was made good, the ideal plan was moved off course, and the Divine has been at work to restore Wholeness in Creation ever since.
Christianity is not about damage control. Our job is not to put a bandaid on a gaping wound, submit to the notion that we are incapable of goodness, and call it a day. We were always made as co-creators, partners as we work alongside the Divine to take the world somewhere new.
I want Make Wholeness Happen (MWH) to empower people to let go of these chains disguised as rules. I want to give people permission to break the status quo, challenge norms, and know that walking way from faith is not the only option when the rules cease to fit.
MWH isn’t a demand or another rule to follow, it’s a taking back of the imago Dei. We were always meant to make Wholeness happen. That was and is and will always be our role as co-creators.
These days, that’s the truth I choose to walk in. When I’m not sure what to do, I don’t reference arbitrary rules; I ask, “What does Wholeness look like here? What is the Divine intent for this?” Sometimes, that leaves a lot of gray space. Mostly, though, it allows for a deeper engagement with the Spirit than I believed possible.