The Christian message should be a simple one. God loves us. We accept that love and then are able in return to love God and the world. God loves, we accept and then love in return. “What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.” So why does it have to be so complex? In Melanie Springer Mock’s book, Worthy, she dives in to many different ways Christian culture, literature, family and church expectations, and even sometimes our own messages about God, get in the way of the first step in this process of seeing ourselves as worthy of God’s love so that we can accept that love and see ourselves as wonderfully and beautifully made in God’s image. When we accept who God made us to be we can then deeply search for the ways God wants us to be faithful in the world. But there are so many ways that we as Christians, as the church, as families, and as individuals can get in the way of this acceptance of God’s love and of ourselves.
"Review of Mock, M. S. Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else, (Herald Press, 2018).,"
Quaker Religious Thought: Vol. 135, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol135/iss1/7