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Hymn: Jesus loves me, this I know

Yes, Jesus loved me —but in order to access that love, I seemingly had to mimic and assimilate into the culture of white evangelical Christianity. I was expected to speak the same language, to say the right words, to tell stories a certain way, and of course, to believe the right things. I was never quite good enough, and I knew I never really belonged to those groups. Such was the message I heard from the wider culture, too.

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As I grew up and matured—whether in school, or in church, or in professional settings like ministry—the words Jesus loves me became increasingly buried beneath the pressures and expectations that came with all sorts of becoming : becoming a spouse, becoming a minister, becoming a mother, becoming a stay-at-home parent, becoming a writer. Yes, Jesus loves me … but I am subject to the whims and demands of my church.

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Yes, Jesus loves me … but I always need to prove my worth—my qualifications, my capabilities, and my accomplishments. Yes, Jesus loves me … but at times in my life, I have lived with an internalized message of love that is not only more about control and abuse than tenderness, but also rooted in a number of oppressive structures—including white supremacy and patriarchy. Which can only lead me to reflect more on the recent presidential election.

I have struggled deeply with the percentages—how many evangelicals, white evangelicals, white women, and white women evangelicals voted for a man who has been absolutely and undeniably clear about his xenophobia, racism, misogyny, and bigotry. But deep down inside, I am not surprised by the vote.

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When the media began to predict a landslide for Hillary Clinton, I felt a knot in my stomach. That we are not safe.

That, no, Jesus does not love us. We can talk about solidarity, we can talk about direct actions, and we can talk about the kind of language to use in the newsletters sent out to our congregations. But is our message about love—more specifically, about a sort of love that is so counter to the norms and regulations of our society, so queer, that it constantly reorients who we are as the body of Christ in our communities?

Is our message of love truly rooted in Jesus, the Christ? Not a sanitized or domesticated Jesus, but rather, the brown-skinned carpenter from Galilee.

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The Jesus who was viewed as a radical; who confronted traditions and institutions; who lived, ministered, and died as someone deeply, physically grounded in his context; who challenged racial, sexual, cultural, religious, economic realities everywhere he went? Do we claim the love of a Jesus who loved with such compelling zeal and creative brilliance that he could undo structures and systems of power with a mere parable or blessing, a touch or gesture—healing, feeding, agitating, and praying, until he himself was finally undone on the cross?

In fact, it is a burdensome message, one that we carry into a world where it is often rejected or despised by those in power—including people in the church—because it threatens systems of violence and oppression that privilege some while keeping others on the margins. That said, it could not be more urgent now for the church, and all of us in our own locales, to follow through with this message of radical, costly love.

In our words and actions, in our structures, and in our day-to-day interactions with each other, we must minister to a society that needs our Jesus-love perhaps more than ever. Mihee Kim-Kort.

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Mihee and her family live in Bloomington, IN. Via Flickr. The Bible tells me so. Matthew ESV At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;".

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Abide in my love. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Share Flipboard Email.

Mary Fairchild is a full-time Christian minister, writer, and editor of two Christian anthologies, including "Stories of Cavalry. Updated April 17, Warner, Continue Reading. Learn Religions uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. By using Learn Religions, you accept our.