[Warning: This smile has been known to light candles, so be sure and check before you leave the room that you’re not leaving a candle burning somewhere, unless it’s in your heart!]
We’ve had some wonderful responses to the idea of unorthodox “Ben”s among us. John sent us this by Jacob Nordby: “Blessed are the weird people, the poets and misfits, the artists, the writers, and music makers, the dreamers and the outsiders, for they force us to see the world differently.”
Blessed are the weird. A bit of a rewrite of the words of Jesus, but I don’t think Jesus would object. Especially since He Himself would qualify for this assessment. As would the prophets, and John the Baptist, and many of the disciples, for that matter. Unorthodox instruments of God, all of them. “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20) “For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.” (:21)
And Sandie wrote: “I see [‘Ben’] every time I look in the mirror … So many times I’ve had to apologize for being right … in the wrong way. My faith is upside down it seems.” No, Sandie, your faith is right side up. It’s the world that’s upside down. That’s why we’re here. That’s what the Catch is for. We’re for the disenfranchised, those who don’t fit — the outsiders. We’re turning things back up the way they’re supposed to be.
How many times have you been doing the right things for the right reasons when everyone is either judging you or telling you you are wrong? Welcome to the right side of wrong. Welcome to the up side of down. Welcome to the gospel according to “Ben.” Welcomed to grace turned outward.