On Jesus' Humanness: Day 1 of 4

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Burned Out On Religion

-Candice Czubernat

“When Jesus says, ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me, get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” -Matthew 11:28, MSG

“When Jesus says, ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me, get away with me and you’ll recover your life’ (Matthew 11:28, The Message), the poignant image of his outstretched arms conveys longing, intense desire, and a profound understanding of the human condition.  Jesus knows that we will experience fatigue along the way and get bollixed, beat up, and burned out by church, relationships, parenting, ministry, career, appetites, addictions and our recurring neuroses.  The tenderness of Jesus frees us from embarrassment about ourselves.  He lets us know that we can risk being known, that our emotions, sexuality, and fantasies are purified…the wisdom gleaned from tenderness is that…we can trust ourselves and thereby learn to trust others,” Brennan Manning profoundly expressed in The Wisdom of Tenderness.


About the Author

Candice Czubernat is a married gay Christian woman and mother of twins. She is the founder of The Christian Closet, a web-based counseling practice, she is also a writer, and one of the --10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know-- according to The Advocate Online. She has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and has worked in mental health for a decade. She specializes in seeing those needing a safe place to reconcile their faith with their sexual and gender identities. While she is an out gay Christian, coming to accept her sexuality was a road filled with much pain and confusion. Her family was loving, but their Christian roots did not provide a context for her to accept being both gay and Christian. In her work at The Christian Closet she has come to find that there are hundreds of thousands of others who also connect with this plight and she counts it a privilege to have walked along countless people through the stories of their lives.