I’m infuriated with the way “Christians” treat people who don’t fit into their criteria of acceptability. The word Christian means Christ like. Jesus spent his life with sinners-loving them and reaching out to them while society disowned them.
Matthew 9:12 “When he heard this, Jesus replied, ‘Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.’”
I’m sick of people acting like the Christian life is all sunshine and cupcakes. They confess that they’ve been saved but won’t say from what. They’ll tell the nations how God has changed them, but shy away from how they’ve been changed. We as a Christians have had the enemy tattoo a target on our backs. We are attacked, tempted, we fall, we regret…we need to start being real with one another, and with the world.
Stop pretending everything is okay when you’re really falling apart. Stop acting like you’re a cookie cutter Christian who has never, or will ever mess up.
MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS THIS: DARE TO BE REAL. DARE TO BE HONEST. DARE TO BE OPEN.
If we can’t trust the church to know our pain and our hurt, how can we expect anyone else to? We have to be open and honest with one another and the world. We have to show one another that we are struggling so they can help us. And we have to show the world as an example of what we’re offering.
Churches now are promising a giant genie wrapped in a bow: all you have to do is close your eyes and bow your head and your wish will be granted. We’re promising them a counterfeit God, and many have caught on to the fantasy we’re offering. It’s time we start being real: sharing the real Jesus, and offering the real God. Not a God who fixes everything, but the God who suffers with us holding our hand all the way.