What does it mean to be for something?
When someone puts their name and reputation on the line to be for a religion or for a cause or for a relationship, they are invested in new and deep ways that feel dangerous and sometimes even scary. Maybe it feels unsure to give of your belief or faith because our culture is saturated with self-centeredness and narcissism.
But this past weekend, I sat around a dinner table with the full conviction of being for specific women. The women who sat around this table spoke about new dreams, current fears, life’s struggles, and deepest hopes. Just hours before, we lead IF:Gathering for attendees from around the nation and had online viewers from around the globe.
Our heart was to serve them, pour into them, build them up, and let them know that we were for them. Thousands of women tuned in and worshipped together in one voice believing that it was possible to stand in unity.
The women who attended the conference both online and in person were amazing, opening their hearts and minds to issues like racial reconciliation, repentance, and remembering obedience.
In a world screaming for individual recognition, it’s rare to find people who genuinely care about your personal growth and maturity. But over copious amounts of sushi and laughter, trust grew and honesty brewed.
What we discovered was that we are a people group that is for each other, for women, for the move of God, for revival, for clarity, for the honest struggle, for the wrestle, for the inquiry, for the Truth, for the lost, for the gospel, and for the Bible.
Each of these leaders are amazing. Some lead counter-cultural thought movements, others build homes and new dreams, others use words to free people, and some create art that reflects the beauty of humanity. Each one is called to something specific, but the goal the same: live in the fullness of our purpose to which we are called. And I am for them.There will always be people who will poke and prod and pin you to a corner to tell you what you are against. Always. But instead of finding lines that divide, we want to have doors that open to a world hungry for wholeness.
It’s basic mathematics. Nothing divided can grow. But what if we multiplied our belief in each other? What if we chose to find ways to add to our strength rather than subtract from our collective influence? Our possibilities are ad infinitum.
My desire for us as Christians—as followers of Christ—is to be known for what we are for rather than what we are against. Yes, yes, I know we need our distinctives and orthodoxy, but what if we led with love? Does that sound totally Pollyanna? It does, but whatevs, man. It’s true.
If you are lost and searching, there are people who are for you. If you are doubting and skeptical, there are people are who are for you. If you are questioning or scared, there are people who are for you. If you are legalistic and your underwear are too tight, there are people who will love you. If you live in world of black and white, there are people who will love you. If you are stuck in pharisaical judgement, there are people who will love you.
And it starts with me. Before I demand that from anyone else, I demand it from myself. I am for you. We are for you. He is for you. You are loved.