Be Loved, Not Judged

Our Lenten theme this year focuses on the joyful aspects of self-examination, breaking a bit from the medieval traditions of self-flagellation and from the popular tradition of confessing other people’s sins instead of our own.

Our worship services and proclamations of the Gospel will emphasize the theme “Be Loved, Not Judged.”  We can’t help what others want to do if they are determined to do it the other way around, but we can choose to intentionally place ourselves where we can love and be loved as Christ has loved us.  We can choose intentionally to refrain from accepting the judgment of others and resist the temptation to judge them in return.

“Rend your heart, and not your garments.”  Joel 2:13