A Coffee and Some Lines Friday
As Christians, we sure do like to draw them.
There are so many of them, in fact, I’m surprised there is a clear patch of sand to be found anywhere.
And I’ve drawn my fair share of them.
Don’t get me wrong – there are things we need to take a firm stand on. But there are many things those of us in the Church have taken a firm stance on that are pointless at best, and building insurmountable walls at the worst.
We have, in essence, forgot how to be salt and light. We gloss over the passages in the Bible where Jesus interacted with the hurt, the lost, the sinners, and healed them and set them free. No, we’re too busy telling people whose worldviews we don’t agree with to get out of our countries. We’ll stay safely sequestered behind our church walls, please and thank you, because we’re not of this world (all the while forgetting we’re still in it). And who is this Jesus, friend of sinners that you keep talking about? Maybe your translation of the Bible is wrong . . .
I know I suck at talking to people who don’t know Jesus about Jesus. My relationship with Him has been (and is) the most significant, life-changing event I have experienced, and I can barely carry on a conversation about it with anyone outside a church setting. So yes, I’m firmly poking a finger at my own chest in case you were wondering. My light needs to be brighter, my salt, well, saltier.
And I wish there was a quick ‘n’ easy fix for us as Christians, and for all the people we’ve hurt and wounded unintentionally or not. But there isn’t. Dying to one’s selfish nature and desires isn’t easy or fun. It is, however, necessary.
So let’s stand up, brush the sand off our knees, and get out into the world, sharing the great grace and mercy we have all received. God’s goodness is what brings us to repentance, to change. Let’s quit changing (or muting) that message for everyone else.