That’s a tough word.
No matter who you are or where you’ve been, it stirs up emotion.
Truth ripped us from a church home where we thought we belonged. But this many months removed, I’m realizing what a great blessing this truly was for us. Other people have not been as fortunate. Many kids, brainwashed by this “pontificating pastor” didn’t make it out with their faith in tact, their parents blaming themselves and overwrought with guilt. A few others continue to be brainwashed and for that I’m truly devastated. Instead of a live giving church, this body sucks life out of those who cross its path.
Often in our lives we don’t want to face the truth. We excuse our sins saying they aren’t that big or bad. Or we make pretty little words that sound better than the sin.
We walk around acting perfect, even though none of us are perfect.
The truth is, we ALL sin. But there is a difference between “us” and “them”?
What if we dropped the façade? Put down the masks? What if we actually shared our burdens one with another? What if we stopped faking perfect Christianity and lived our lives to the best of our ability letting our sin be known but running to the Cross of Jesus Christ when we failed. What if we showed the world what the Cross of Christ is capable of doing?
I wonder if more heathens would be interested in things of God? What would happen if they came to Jesus without the pretense of living a perfect life?
Sinners, acting as if they lived perfectly behind the mask; that’s the hypocrisy isn’t it?
As I think back to our “pontificating pastor,” I wonder what would have happened if he’d have humbled himself in true repentance instead of excuse making. What would have happened IF he had shown himself for what he is instead of pretending he is so much higher, holier and more deserving than his congregants? Instead of proceeding over a dying church, God might have bless him with the desires of his heart…a growing church full of loving people sharing the gospel where his name would be revered. Not because he was great, but because God is Great.
When we find ourselves with nothing else; laid out flat in despair that is when realize what terrible wretches we are. That is when God can do his best work in us. When we have nowhere to turn that is where God’s glory shines through.
In His grace,
Linking up with Kate at FMF this week where the word is truth. Where I would love to get around to everyone and say hello, but I board a bus tonight with oldest son headed to Chattanooga for a gathering with 700 of his closest friends (Teenpact National Convention) after returning Thursday afternoon from St. Louis where youngest son had surgery on Wednesday. Forgive me I have things to unpack and pack…