I would like to take a moment to announce that there will be some changes coming to Far North Encouragement in the next few days.
In the last 2 days I have seen firsthand the damage and the pain that result when we as Christians try to marginalise those we don’t agree with. Put simply, it hurts. Far North Encouragement will therefore become Misfit Church, a place for the marginalised and a voice for their concerns. If you’re gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, or anything else that falls under the LGBTQ+ category, or you’ve got long hair and live in a very conservative community, or you just feel unaccepted by the Christians around you, then there will be a place for you here.
In 1 John 2:10-11 the apostle John says, “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” The word translated here as “hate” actually means more along the lines of “fails to love” when you look at the context. That’s what we’re doing as Christians when we marginalise people, and that’s why I think this place needs to grow a little. (I don’t want to fail to love anybody, you know?) If nothing else, you’ll find here a place where you’re loved as you are.