As the Catch, we are truly a “Catch-all.” That means all are welcome. Seekers, strugglers, non-believers, other-believers, and, of course, committed believers … you can be and say whatever you want here. That’s why we call it the Gospel of Welcome.
Being right is not such a big deal here, probably because we’re not always sure what “right” is. If by “right” you mean a predetermined way of thinking about everything that makes us all alike … you won’t find that here. If by “right” you mean the truth as we are coming to know it … that would be a lot closer. If by “right” you mean Jesus (because He said He is the truth), that would be closer, too, but who has a corner on Jesus? We certainly don’t. If anyone says they have a corner on Jesus, that would be a sure sign that they don’t. That’s why the Catch is a Catch-all, because we are all in process. It’s at the end of everything that God separates the sheep from the goats, not along the way. Along the way, we’re a bunch of bleating woolly animals who aren’t sure who we are, or where we’re going. If you’re wooly, and you bleat, you can join us. We’re a Catch-all.
Just this morning, Dana wrote: “I believe Jesus died for my sins. My husband is Jewish so he does not believe the same as I believe and I don’t think that means he is not going to be saved. My daughter married a man whose last name is Hosseini. He is not Muslim but I am sure many of his family on his father’s side are. I do not believe that being Muslim or Buddhist doesn’t mean you won’t be with God when you die.” I agree and here’s why: It’s where a person ends up that matters, not where they started, or even where they were or are along the way. You can start anywhere and end up with Jesus, and that’s not up to us; that’s up to God. That’s why the Catch is a Catch-all. You can walk with us wherever you are along the way. There’s nothing that disqualifies anyone.
I once wrote this in a song: “Jesus is the only way, but there’s more than one way to Jesus.” How many ways are there to Jesus? As many ways as there are people who get there. I don’t know your way, but you are welcome to walk with us along it. Gays, straights, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics; it makes no difference — you can walk with us. We’re a Catch-all. And not only that: if you’re a human being, we love you. And that’s that.