So much emphasis in my spiritual formation has been on being "set apart" from the world . . . we love words like pure, righteous, sanctified . . . and I don't think it was intended, but the impression was given of being somehow more than human . . . a white that can't be touched and that doesn't get it's hands dirty . . . the kind of impossible white that only exists in toothpaste ads but you'd never find in real life . . .
. . . and maybe it is our pursuit of white-ness, that keeps the church so disconnected with the world . . . not just set-apart: absent.
. . . the world has no need for our holiness, our whiteness . . .
because white is busy taking great care of itself.
Green is rooted in the dirt; unglamorous, messy
living, growing, giving . ..
twisting, breathing, unfolding . . .
making room, reaching out,
Green breathes and touches and feels and needs.
Green is fearless and hopeful and joyfully alive.
Those of us who spend our lives pursuing white are dormant.
We are introspective and worried.
We feel guilty a lot.
We sense a need to define things, and so we label it ministry, calling, service.
Green is not conscious of itself at all. Green just grows.