2016-02-28 The Via Negativa and Other Fun Ideas

Pastor Kris Cervantes:

My name is Kristen Cervantes.

I am not a man, either physically or otherwise. I am not a child, although I’m not always very adult. I’m not very tall or very short for a female human of this day and age. I’m not skinny, and I’m not – yet – fat.

I’m not asleep; I’m not afraid. I’m not a Christian. I’m not – really – a Buddhist. I’m not Muslim or Jewish. I’m not someone who believes in God, but I’m not someone who’s sure there couldn’t be a God. I’m not holding out for heaven, but I’m not worried about hell. I’m not interested in converting you; I’m not interested in being converted.

I’m not black or Latino or Asian or Pacific Islander. I’m not poor. I’m not rich. I’m not finished with school. I’m not finished with this coffee. I’m not conservative; I’m not a libertarian. I’m not a vegetarian or a vegan, although that’s not to say I don’t ever contemplate being one. I’m not a teetotaler, and I’m not – yet – an alcoholic. I’m not an addict. I’m not free of vices.

I’m not humble enough. I’m not often very penitent, but I’m not saying I should be. I’m not a pushover, but I’m not energetic enough to hold a grudge. I’m not very athletic. I’m not the smartest person in the room, but I’m not the dumbest. I’m not single, and I’m not divorced… I’d say “yet,” but I’m not tempting fate! I’m not an orphan. I’m not an introvert; I’m definitely not shy. I’m not a good piano player, but I’m not a bad singer.

I’m not sure how I got right here, but I’m not unhappy to be here.