If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the churches of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace, and that they would take these ten resolutions to heart:
1 – I will not confuse furthering my political agenda with preaching the Gospel.
2 – When someone’s opinion angers me, I will calm down and buy them a coffee instead of arguing with them. I will listen to their point of view and kindly consider it, rather than treating them as an enemy.
3 – I will create a positive impact on my community, rather than being known as a sanctimonious isolationist.
4 – If someone is confused about God, I will allow them to search for answers rather than insisting that they believe blindly everything that I tell them is true. (In other words, I will minister like Jesus, and not like David Koresh.)
5 – I will allow the church to be a place of beauty by encouraging works of art and new music so that people will understand the power of redemption just by being there.
6 – People who visit my church are as messed up as I have been in my life, and I will treat them with sympathy rather than forcing them to live up to my expectations.
7 – I will create a place where everyone in my community can feel safe and accepted, even if they do not believe as I do.
8 – I will do as much charity work as I can and be as kind to others as possible so that even my strongest critics will be forced to admit that I am a force for good.
9 – Tradition will not be valued over truth. (Honestly, I really wish that more churches still used organs, but I don’t complain about it. Much.)
10 – I will err on the side of love, and will not pride myself on how well I push away those people who make me uncomfortable.
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