Fellow Traveler related the following conversation she had with Oldest Child Raised By Wolves:
OCRBW: Sometimes I think about God. But I don't tell my parents.
FT: Do you believe in God?
OCRBW: Sometimes. But sometimes I wonder if He's on my side.
FT: Are you alive?
FT: Then God is on your side.
I think that one of the greatest gifts my faith tradition has to offer is the good news that God is on our side; that Christ, God With Us, is the ultimate expression of that.
So much of American Christianity is opposed to this message. Its message, by contrast, is that God is not on our side; that God holds us in contempt; is looking for reasons to damn us to hell; that we'd better shape up to get God on our side.
God is on our side. How do we best communicate that to people -- including Christians -- who need to hear it?