The people that make up the Congregation of MCCL are peace lovers and peace makers. We do acknowledge that our site does contain some statements, opinions, and beliefs that are bold; and may be interpreted by some as controversial or stern in nature. We believe in the right for all people to lovingly and respectfully disagree. It is not our intention to offend any reader in any way.
We believe strongly in Human & Civil Rights;
and in Social, Legal, and Spiritual Justice for all people everywhere.
Many of us in MCC’s all over the world, especially those of us who were called by God at early ages; have spent our lives mopping up messes that, “Christians”, have left in other people’s lives. Many people have turned their backs on Christianity and God because of that behavior. Yet, what they have really encountered from these “Christians”; has nothing to do with Jesus, His teachings, or the example that He lived.
It is the job of every follower of Jesus to take the Good News of “God’s Love” to others. To tell them that there is remission of sins and eternal life offered through Jesus by the Covenant of Love that God brought; when God came to earth as Jesus. It’s not just forgiveness of sins; but freedom from the slavery of sin!
(Good News is not good when its being thumped over your head with a Bible. Lol)
Someone, somewhere, has to have the courage to speak out for Jesus. So much tradition has grown up around Christianity that often it doesn’t even resemble the message that Jesus came to give. Christians are called to share the Good News and to lead others to Christ. It is not the job of any Christian to judge another person. If there is anything about a person or their life that is not pleasing to God; Christians everywhere should trust that through the Holy Spirit, God will help that person change what they need to change. The important thing is to help them find God, so that they can begin a relationship with God, or to help them reunite themselves with God.
If you’ve been hurt by these types of “Christians”, don’t let them define Christianity for you. Consider what Jesus said about a Tree and its Fruit:
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only they who do the will of my Parent who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:15-23)
The “Christians” who are not following Christ; whose behavior drives others away from God or who stand between God and others may even think they have the best intentions; but they should strongly remember what Jesus said about Judging Others:
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 25:41-46)
Jesus will deal with people like that. We don’t have to be concerned with that battle. Those people will be held accountable for their behavior. God will have the final word in the matter.
Following Jesus is much more than that. So much more. Its not about rules and judgement. It’s about an eternal relationship based on Love. It’s about believing in that relationship. It’s about having that kind of relationship with God, Others, and Ourselves. Its about learning to be eternal and never separated from God.
We trust and believe in our Faith in God, and in our relationships with God. Our denomination and the LGBTQI and Heterosexual people who make up our congregations, have long since transcended the programming that LGBTQI people are “Abominations”. The Holy Spirit of the Living God has taken care of that. The congregations of MCC continue to bear Good Fruit in this world and we continue to carry the message we were called to carry for God. That message is that God Love’s all God’s Children; and the Covenant of God’s Love extends equally to Everyone. We believe in God’s promise:
"For God so loved the world that God gave Jesus,
the one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16