September 21, 2017
Upon first glance, that title sounds either silly or arrogant. But on a deeper level, it is neither.
The word “gospel” simply means good news, and there have been many different gospels written over time (some that are in the “official” Christian scriptures, some that aren’t).
Usually, when people say or hear “Gospel,” it references some version of the story of the life and teachings of Jesus, the “Christ.” But not very many people are willing to acknowledge that the story as they understand it is a specific interpretation with a specific agenda.
Honestly, I am both heart-broken and sick to my stomach at the way the name and person of Jesus has been thrown around and used as a weapon or a curse with which to beat and abuse people who are vulnerable and struggling – or it’s used to justify unjust social systems or to promise people that they can get rich quick. Or the version that tells people that this life doesn’t really matter, what’s important is whether or not you get into “heaven.”
These versions of the story have been filtered through hierarchies and institutions that benefit from keeping the status quo.
The word, “Christian,” has come to evoke images of judgmental, self-righteous, hypocritical – and very loud – people. But the loudest voices are not necessarily the truest, despite what news and social media would have us think.
On Sunday, I will share some thoughts about, and experiences with, the Jesus that I admire and love with my whole heart. His is the story of a human whose life has inspired and guided and mentored me profoundly along my spiritual path.
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.