Who would you like to be at church with you? If you’re like me, you’re comfortable with folks that look, act, sound, and relate like yourself. It’s our comfort zone because it doesn’t take any spiritual effort to hang out with people exactly like us. But maybe our high expectations need to be adjusted in light of the ones who’ve been a part of God’s church much longer than you and me.
LET'S WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS
Let me introduce you to some potential new members at your church. First, a man who disobeyed God along with his wife and caused billions of deaths. Next, another who had an affair and it was his wife’s idea. Also, a man who was a murderer and misrepresented God’s power. Another man who was a coward. Then, a guy who conspired to have his mistress’s husband killed so he could cover up his affair with her after he found out she was having a his child. Oh, and one dude who had more than 700 wives and mistresses. Not to mention a guy who publicly denied Jesus and then later split God’s church because he reverted to the law and tried to mix it with grace.
Now, what if all of these people came forward on a Sunday morning to join you at your church? What would we think? How would we feel about these new additions to our churches?
CONSIDER THE CHURCH THROUGH HISTORY
Before we answer, let’s consider the Heroes of our Faith. Adam disobeyed God along with Eve. Abraham had an affair and it was Sarah, his wife’s idea. Moses was a murderer and misrepresented God’s power. Elijah was a coward. David conspired to have his mistress’s husband killed so he could cover up his affair with her. Solomon had more than 700 wives and concubines. Peter denied Jesus 3 times and then later during his ministry tried to mix law and grace together just to please some Jewish elders.
None of the sins I mentioned above are ok. I don’t want it to seem like I’m green-lighting sin. However, if each of us stood before God’s people with all of our personal sins listed on the video screen above us, we’d feel a lot more in common with the folks I listed in this article.
JUDGEMENT VS. LOVE
My point is very simple. No church of God should resemble a country club. God has called us to reach the world for Him. We have to judge sin, but Jesus said “do not judge people.” If we’re loving folks for the Lord, we’re less likely to confuse the two.
Remember, God loves you, and God has a plan for your life!