jon foreman quotes

My friends, we cannot continue only loving the ones who look like us, who talk like us, who believe what we believe, and act like we act. We must reach across the aisle with love for the very people we disagree with. Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you. Let us live a life worthy of the life-giving self-sacrificial love we have been given
—  Jon Foreman - An Open Letter To The American Church (x)

I feel like the Christian tradition, it means a lot of things to different people. And when you say I’m a Christian, I’m a believer, I’m this or that, a lot of times it can mean, I voted for George Bush. … Where for me, I tend to identify a little bit more with the Christ that I read about that says he came for the captives, the broken, the homeless, the hungry, the hurting, the poor, the underprivileged, the outcasts, and the folks that feel like they’re sick and need a doctor. And so I can identify with that because I can identify with someone who’s broken more than with someone who’s got everything figured out. Because I don’t have everything figured out. …

I think that when it comes to judgment, Christ is really clear saying judge not lest ye be judged. Like I said, I’m on the journey myself. I don’t pretend to have some sort of theological degree or anything like that, but I feel like that’s strong enough for me to say, you know what, my job on this planet is not to judge, but to love. And I feel like Christ, he hung out with the tax collectors, the prostitutes of his time, and the outcasts — the people that the temple would refuse. And I wonder if people that the temple would refuse of his time, that there might be a correlation with who would the church refuse at this time. Those would probably be the people that Christ would be hanging out with - loving, having dinner with them, talking, that excites me, to think that that’s the kind of God that I serve. …

I’ve got a song in a side project of mine, it’s called “Fiction Family,” and it’s a song that says, “Put your God badge down and love someone.” I think that sometimes when people come to a form of faith, they feel that it’s their duty to put a “God badge” on and then begin to be deputized, playing God on the planet. And I think that’s a really dangerous thing to do. I feel like our role here on the planet, as humans, is to love. And to be representations of the love that we’ve received, the grace, the compassion that we’ve received. And I would love to see the church rise to that calling.

—  Jon Foreman
Every beautiful moment in my life has also been imperfect, and everything that has been painful has brought me to a better understanding of what beauty and truth truly are. This is the tension where we live, the halfway point. We’re skating on thin ice here.
—  Jon Foreman
Every moment is infinitely complex, wrought with context and color, smell and taste, the fears and hopes of perspective that cannot be captured by a microphone and a camera alone. Because of these limitations, every medium of art and story telling is only a limited version of the layers of truth that every moment holds
—  Jon Foreman (x)
You and I have a job description that remains unchanged: a love for our maker and a love for our neighbor. Do not be distracted by the yelling and the fear. Listen to the still, small voice. Care for the sick, the elderly, the hopeless, the broken. Love the outcast, the marginalized, the disenchanted. Fight for them. Arm in arm beside them.
—  Jon Foreman - An Open Letter To The American Church (x)
You’re gonna be you, and it’s gonna take a lifetime of practice. And practice is awkward. Practice is a struggle. Practice is a fight…Humans, we’re interesting creatures on this planet. A horse learns how to run within a few days, a fish doesn’t take swimming lessons. But you and I, we take years to learn how to walk, years to learn how to talk. It’s gonna take a struggle to become who you are.
—  Jon Foreman (x)
Our society is fraught with inconsistencies and absurdities. We claim to believe that all of humankind is created equal in a country torn apart by racial tension. We deem killing to be punishable by death but honorable under the title of war. We claim to serve a God who loves the poor in rich cathedrals and gold plated steeples. We objectify women and wonder why daddy’s little girl has low self-esteem. The highs and lows, the dark and the light. This is the absurdity of our bipolar existence.
—  Jon Foreman, “Vice Verses: Making Art Out of Tension”