Why I believe

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Why I believe

 

It’s amazing how many people ask me why I believe, my question is why don’t you?

 

Look I get it, religion isn’t for everyone, there is as much corruption in churches as there are in politics.

Some Pastors are in it for the fame and money and yes, I know there are crappie “holy” people as well.

 

Some religions make you feel if your not “perfect” (Whatever the hell that means) your going to burn in hell!

Some say you must be this way or that way and so yes, it turns a lot of people off.

 

Hello, I used to be Catholic, believe me I know all of “their rules” and what it felt like to never be good enough so I stopped trying.

 

This journey I am on now is about me and God.

I happened to find a church that feeds my soul but it took me three religions and countless churches before I did.

Not every shoe fits every foot, you have to try on a lot before you find one that really fits you.

 

This fits me, it fits what I believe, that everyone is created equal, no matter what color, what sexual preference, no matter how you pray just as long as you pray.

 

My Bishop tells it like it is, he never pulls punches, he will tell you coming to church doesn’t make you a “Christian” anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car!

 

You have to work on it, we are all sick people coming to church to get healed, to try to do better and be better. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don’t but we keep trying.

 

He tells us that its not that you show up in church on Sunday, its what you do when you leave Church, do you help your neighbors? Are you kind? Do you let your light shine outside these walls?

 

He teaches us forgiveness as no one is perfect, he teaches us that JesusĀ  disciples were not perfect, they were robbers, they were outcasts, they were even murders but he changed them, he believed in them even after they screwed up, time and time again. His love was all encompassing, it was true love, in spite of who you were and what you did.

 

That is what we need to hear, what we need to tell the world, that it’s okay of your not perfect, that it’s okay if you made mistakes, that its okay if you don’t believe exactly like me, we are all still God’s children and he will always love and forgive us.

 

I needed to hear this, to know that even though I’ve screwed up more times than I can count, the countless times I fell on my face, the times I wasn’t so “holy” towards others, that I had hope and that I was loved and could love others the same way.

 

This church, these people and this Bishop saved my life when I had hit rock bottom, when I lay on the floor crying out in pain, when I felt like I had no way to go…this place, this God…changed me and I will never forget. I will constantly praise his name and try to pass on what I have learned to others.

 

So today my friends, this is why I believe, this is why I am so “churchly” (Again, whatever the hell that means) as some of you say I am. Its because I am grateful for my life now, so grateful that it brings me to tears.

What makes you feel that way? What has saved you from yourself? What has changed your life?

This is my walk, this is my journey and this is what has gotten me here with a peace and joy I’ve never experienced before.

Maybe it’s time for you to start believing….

 

You can come by to see what I am talking about at The Faith Center in Sunrise Florida or check out my amazing Bishop, Henry Fernandaz via live streaming at

http://www.henryfernandez.org/streaming

 

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