Get Out of God’s Way
About the Book
We can become so constricted by liturgical rituals that we cannot love God in our own way. When we cannot live up to the impossible standards that have been placed on us by some denomination or faith group, we may start to feel bad about ourselves, and that only takes us farther and farther away from God. When we come to church to meet with like-minded individuals in search of spiritual reinforcement or support, human rules and regulations grafted on to religion often make us feel belittled, as if we are doing everything wrong. Rather than finding absolution from our sins, we are made to feel inadequate.
The message of Jesus Christ is a message of hope and love for all people. Scripture is beautifully written, and when we delve into it deeply, when we uncover its mysteries, that leads to enlightenment. As Christians, we are called on to imitate Christ. That is why it is so important that we closely study the words and actions of Jesus Christ—everything He did, every move He made, everything He said, and how He delivered it. Jesus only rarely became angry, but He was never hateful. That is God’s way. We will never be Christ, but we should try to imitate Him as closely as possible. However, when it comes to spirituality, we are our own worst enemies, constantly getting in God’s way. What we need to do more than anything else is to get out of God’s way.
About the Author
Reverend Marcos A. Miranda is the Founder and President of New York State Chaplain Task Force—an interfaith organization comprised of over three thousand crisis spiritual care providers. He is also the Senior Pastor at Action In Christ International Church, in Brooklyn, New York, and the Overseer of more than five hundred ministers at Christian Clergy International—an organization that provides an enrichment forum for interdenominational Christian clergy, so that attention can be brought to issues such as the persecution in foreign nations of Christians and other minority faith groups, and the state of the disenfranchised poor Christian churches worldwide.
Rev. Miranda’s dedication to the betterment of humankind has led him to create and participate in organizations that exemplify love, peace, and compassion. As a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, he currently serves as a hospice chaplain at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, as well as a trauma chaplain for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City. He is the current President of Lodge 777 of the New York State Fraternal Order of Police, the Assistant Dean at the New York Divinity School, and the Chief of Operations for the NYPD 90th Precinct Clergy Council.
Rev. Miranda was one of the first clergy to be hand-picked to participate in New York City Ceasefire—a program focused on reducing violence by communicating clearly and directly with gangs, crews, and drug sets through call-ins and custom notifications. Rev. Miranda has also been a guest lecturer at St. John’s University, Fordham University, The New School, The Harlem Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Union Theological Seminary, and other prominent institutions.
For his humanitarian efforts, Rev. Miranda has received numerous proclamations, awards, and citations, including the J. P. Morgan Chase Unsung Heroes Award, the Humanitarian Award from Concerned Women of Brooklyn, New York, and citations from the New York City Comptroller’s office and the New York City Council Speaker’s office.