I’m about to go rogue here… writing on the Allume blog out of order, but here goes.
One of our dear Allume contributors messaged me the other day and said she’d written the word “crap” in her post and wondered if she’d be allowed to post it. Of course, she said she could change the word with no real ill effect to her post, but she asked about it nonetheless. It set off a few comments and emails with thoughts to either side of use or avoidance, and I’ve been left thinking about it all for 4 days now.
And here’s what I have to say about it. Take it as a thought, or maybe even I’ll be so bold as to use the word manifesto. But here’s where I stand, and here’s the place I’m going to ask the Allume community to accept.
Sometimes we will just say “crap” here. And sometimes we won’t. And I won’t judge any single person for whichever route they feel is the one for them, and I’m going to be so bold as to ask you not to judge on either side of the coin as well.
As a community, we are a melting pot of personalities. And that is the beauty of this space. This is who we are…and we are real. We do life in real life just as we do it for the world to see on the Allume blog…and there is grace, and we accept people as they are…as they come….crap and all. I want there to be freedom here to have people express themselves, their stories, and God in their stories, and to know that this is a place the gives grace and love and doesn’t hold up any sort of “holier than thou” standard. We all fall short…and not a one of us is deserving of the grace we’ve been given.
No don’t go freaking out that we’re going to start having spouts of profanity all over the place here, but do know that this is a place of grace and truth and sisterhood. And if you happen to be the saint who’s never even muttered an ugly thought or word under your breath, please volunteer to guest post or something, because we all need to know your secret to success in perfection!
The truth is though that sometimes life doles us what may feel like crap. Or some days you may feel like crap. And that’s just real life. But here’s the thing…and even Paul said it in Philippians 3:8-10 that …
All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.
It’s all crap compared to the life and righteousness we have in Christ. And the righteousness you have isn’t given to you because your speech is always flowery… or your life for that matter. There is room in the Kingdom for people who say crap (or even worse)…and there’s room in the Kingdom for the people who’d never dare to even spell out the word on paper or in a blog post. There was room at Jesus’ table for his disciples and tax collectors and prostitutes. And there’s room at this Allume table for all of us too. He is better than all of it. He redeems all of it. And He doesn’t exclude any of us, like it or not. Whatever it is that you’re coming here to get…know that it’s not changing. But know that this place is a place for “Real Light Living”… and in order to be real, sometimes we just might say crap.