Just a short note to let my friends know I’m back in Sarajevo again until May 7th. I’ve joined our outreach team from the Kona DTS, and am doing my best to balance reunions with old friends while participating in team activities.
This amazing city is always a painful reminder of what bad religion does to us, drawing circles and pitting insiders against outsiders. And then it bathes itself in rules and rituals that nurture superiority, in the end killing not only the heart, but sometimes even innocent neighbors along the way.
My mission is to point people to the true Jesus who erased the circles and welcomed the masses of sinners, tax collectors, adulterers, prostitutes, drunkards, and Samaritans. A few are receiving the news with gladness. Others continue to defend their own particular circle with a pride that says “Thank God I’m not like those people over there. I fast twice a week, pray every day, and give tithes of all I have.”
Beautiful Sarajevo reminds me of how much I detest the lies and deception that bind us with stocks and chains: lies about God, about others, about ourselves, and even lies to defend lies. Lies always kill. That’s just the way it works: they have not within themselves the nourishment to sustain life.
The truth is, I am exactly like the people I passed today on the street, hopelessly confused and living out of a trembling heart of fear – until I embrace the Truth who invaded human darkness and fought His way through to the other side.