I recently received a fund raising letter from a ministry with which I am somewhat familiar.
I am perplexed, almost astonished, and baffled by a paragraph contained in the letter.
I am not putting it in "context" as I don't want to identify the ministry or make them think I'm attacking them...
Here is the puzzling paragraph:
"I told...of how we get to serve thousands of young people and minister to them. We try to do this with a generous posture that creates space for their humanity. Too many camps and churches try to force young people into a confining, human-created mold when what is really needed is an environment that allows young people to lean into their own God shaped humanity."
I am ignorant as to whether this ministry farms out its fundraising, or if this was penned by someone on their staff.
But would..could..someone explain it?
I'm reasonably certain I would fall under their category of "too many camps and churches (and speakers) try to force young people into a confining, human-created mold.." though I would argue the "human-created" part if they refer to things like holiness,sexuality,etc.
I don't try to "force" anyone to do anything; though I try desperately to preach/teach the whole counsel of God...to include the "inconvenient" parts like sacrifice, service, and Biblical standards (as opposed to legalism). But, then, to some extent legalism is in the eye of the beholder...
Again, I have absolutely no clue what the writer of the paragraph means, or is trying to describe. But at face value, I don't want to have anyone..to include me...lean into my humanity...I need to lean into Jesus..not a Jesus of my choosing, but the only Lord and Savior Christ Jesus...and that only happens through repentance and faith.
NOTE: Some of you who read this may have received the same letter, or are pretty sure from where it came....may I ask you not to identify or guess?