Thu, Jan 7, 2010
How can you trust a church full of sinners? Easy. Accept that we all fall short. Understand that heaven is heaven and we are not there yet…not even close. Acknowledge that if we did not sin we would not need the cross, and baby we need the cross! Agree to give the church a chance because:
Everyone sins. Everyone.
Jeff Foxworthy’s “you might be a redneck” style will help make my point:
- “If yooou breathe in and out and in and out… you might be a sinner.”
- “If yooou were born anywhere betweeeen the beginning of time and now…you might be a sinner.”
- “If yooou have ever had one conscious thought, even if it was about how much yooou love pie…you might be a sinner.”
So I guess you get my point.
If you attend a church where you believe no one sins or the church leadership implies that they or members of their congregation have never transgressed, I suggest you recognize that that is a lie and hence a sin so again, everyone sins.
I think so much pressure is put on church leaders to be sinless. Yes, it is good to be above reproach and blameless in all things.
Philippians 2:15 …so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God above reproach in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
But the reality is, even the best know Pastor in the biggest church with the largest congregation and tithe buckets that overflow, sins. I think I would rather be ministered to by someone who is real, honest and human…just like me. A leader who has been through some of what I have been through and can walk me out of the valley of the shadow of death, when I am there, because they know the way.
My original post went on from here down a path that I am sure would have been informative and maybe funny but I decided to scrap what I had for this:
I work for a church. An amazing church full of sinners. How completely appropriate or inappropriate, really, that I just so happened to be knee deep in “sin” last night right after I penned this lengthy post on trust and the church family, sin and redemption. Now, knee deep may sound a bit dramatic and messy but God, in his patience and with the love of a parent, had to have been shaking his head as I prayed for guidance and insight for this post yet knew that I was going to disregard it and head down my own lengthy, narrow and twisted blog road to Hana. Instead he allowed a little practical experience to draw upon.
I received an email regarding an “instruction” on how I was to “do” ministry that lit my flame of self righteousness and led me to jump to a conclusion…or two. I decided that my way of doing ministry was right and most effective and even used the term “Kingdom Building” (and I was not referring to God’s Kingdom) when pointing my proverbial “mom” finger at another ministry. I had the opportunity to rise above it, remain blameless and above reproach but chose to go against all that I knew was right in that moment, just to make my point. To be heard. To retaliate against fingers that were pointed at my ministry.
Satan is always on task, determined to maliciously orchestrate our demise-all at the hands of ourselves. I fall for it over and over again. And yes, I work for a church. I am the sinner “they” are all disappointed about. And there are a bunch of us.
I humbly ask for forgiveness. I know that God forgives and that even though I work for a church, accept that he is not done with me yet. Even in ministry, we are all still being refined, a heavenly masterpiece in progress.
How do you overcome the disappointment with a church full of sinners? Accept that God wants us there-all of us and I’m pretty sure he would not have it any other way.
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