Tuesday, January 20, 2009
In my humble opinion I think the two most important and powerful words in the Christian Bible are, 'Our Father'. I believe that the use of the word 'Our' is of incredible significance and importance. 'Our' is a word of inclusivity, it is a word that understands the concept of 'all'.
Whenever I was told that I did not belong, could not belong, that God's heart did not have the capacity to include me, I rested my battered faith on those two words 'Our Father'. They are words that challenge me when my heart leans towards bigotry or it's daddy self righteousness. They are the words that remind me of the goal of every movement I have belonged to, every march I have walked in, every dream I have had.
Inclusivity and welcome.
I have always believed that we are different persons but one people, that we have a diversity of appearances but one soul, that we have a complexity of wants but one set of needs.
When first told that I, as a gay man, did not belong, it did not ring true to me.
Because I had said, 'Our Father'.
When first told that I, as a disabled man, needed salvation, it did not ring true to me.
Because I had believed in, 'Our Father'.
When first told that God's heart embraced bigotry and countenaced prejudice, it did not ring true to me.
Because I had prayed the, 'Our Father'.
Today Barak Obama becomes president of the United States of America, as a Canadian I welcome the flow of hope that wafts warmly across our frozen border.
Perhaps today we all understand a little bit more the power of that one singluar word ... Our.