I enjoy science fiction.
I enjoy science fiction, video games, romantic comedies, and Hallmark movies. I’m a married Christian in a liberal city. I’m a lawyer. I’m an introvert. I’m balding. In other words, I’m a mess. A nerd, a sap, a bigot, a greedy capitalist, a snob, a dork.
Of course, I don’t believe those things about myself. Or do I? The proof, they say, is in the pudding. So what’s in the pudding? Let’s dig around and see.
I can’t think of a social situation where I’m not nervous, apologetic, and worried about appearances. I’m ashamed of myself for no discernible reason. What a sad, twisted worldview. It’s also a dangerous one, because it runs in direct opposition to what God tells us about us.
In Genesis, God says that humanity is very good. (Genesis 1:31) In the Gospel, Jesus says God loves us and wants to redeem us, not condemn us. (John 3:16-17) In Romans 8, Paul tells us there is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ. In his letter to Timothy, Paul tells us that God didn’t give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and discipline. (II Timothy 1:7) In 1 John 4:18, we learn that there’s no fear in perfect love. So, what’s not currently in the pudding is truth.
In other words, the reason I’m a hot mess is because I’m believing lies. There’s no reason for me to be embarrassed about being a happily married, balding, sci-fi loving follower of Jesus. That’s who I am. It’s who God made me to be. It’s very good.
So. The pudding mix is changing. No more shoulder shrugs, no more deflections. There will be no poop in my pudding! I’m hand-made by God, so I’m very good. So are you. You are very good. Believe it. It’s true.