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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

TITLE: Community of Welcomers
By george elerick


Take it from me, rejection is not what you want. There is something about being accepted, being in a community of welcomers that causes one to seek acceptance rather than rejection. I was taught as little child the wonderful inventions of band-aids, they slowly heal the wounds the seem to come so easily to an eight year old boy. But, then there were the other wounds. The ones inside.

I shouldn't be crying to you right now, I do not mean to trespass upon your emotions. I have lived my life with an ailment that most do not understand, most would turn their heads in horror and disgust. And for twenty years now they have. Heck, I have even turned away from its hideousness. So, needless to say, rejection has become part of me, it has somehow found its way into the numbing parts of my heart. Because, I have been rejected so frequently, I care no more for neither myself, nor others around me. I am an outcast.

There is a beauty in being on the outside, because then you get to see what the proverbail "parade" that is passiong you by is all about. And, to tell you the truth, come a little bit closer, I don't want "them" to hear. The parade really isn't much of a parade at all. It is a gathering of those who have found acceptance in the facade of plasticity. And you know, it seems that society loves facades, in fact, they are embraced. From the pharaohs in egypt who wore the finest gold and rode upon the finest chariots. To those who we revel over on the supposed silver screen.

You all are probably shaking your head in disgust, because I am an outcast. You look at me and think there is nothing of value, except a bitter old man who has lost his heart on the battlefields of rejection. So, as I walk away, once again rejected, I leave you with this: "How many times do you seek rejection?"

As believers our heavenly DNA should be comprised of elements not of this world, and the world, as well as us Christians tend to reject what we do not know, we fear the unknown. So, we walk on in our little Christian circles of comfort, placing the neat band-aids where necessary, I am not saying we should seek out rejection at every turn, but, definitely don't run away from it if it comes your way. Christ promised rejection if we chose to follow him. So, if you are a follower of Christ, how much have you been rejected for your faith? And at the same time, we are supposed to love the outcasts, the gay aids patient, the prostitute or the unethical pastor. Whomever it is, we should, no, we MUST love. Love along with me, I can't do this alone!!!!!! Let's usher them into the community of heavenly welcomers.

Member Comments
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darlene hight11/22/04
Your writing drew me in from the beginning. It left me wondering from whose perspective it was written.A leper? At any rate good message.
Angie Schulte11/22/04
Very good! An interesting perspective. It struck me that we as a society create the term "outcast", not always because the individual is really hideous, but because they might not fit into the mold that we like or want. Thanks for sharing.
Norma OGrady11/24/04
You really did a GOOD job on this story!
Yeshua bless
Deborah Anderson11/24/04
I wasn't shaking my head in disgust while reading this at all. God bless you.