They are asking me to do something that I am just not willing to do.
There are some things I just won’t give up.
This is one of them.
I mean, if they wanted me to give up a bad habit, or something that may hurt someone – I would understand.
But that’s not what they are asking me to do. They are asking me to give up on people that need help!
Are you shocked??? I am! Every time it happens!
Things They Say
You see – I get people telling me how that they just can’t attend Faith Church or be around me anymore because of the sinners we allow in our church.
That statement floors me – since every single one of us is a sinner! Including yours truly!
They tell me that we make their stomach turn… when people are open about struggling with drug problems. or alcoholism… that they see people finishing their cigarettes before they walk into church.
They tell me this is something they can’t live with… the fact that we don’t publicly confront people.
They also say they hope I change before I reach the judgment seat or I may have a lot of explaining to do.
My Heart Breaks
Who reaches these people with the love of God that draws men to repentance?
Where do these people go to hear about God and how He wants a better life for them free of addictions, sin and condemnation?
When do the hurting people that need Jesus see the love of Christ in Christians that lets them know that the things that they heard about God are true?
How do they get the wisdom and knowledge from the Bible to keep making steps in the right direction?
What in this world is going to encourage them to keep pursuing God even when the change may happen slower than they thought it might?
Us – me and you. My friends and co-laborers in love. We will love everyone, even if they are unlovable.
At our church and in our lives – hopefully every minute of every day.
Right now, later today, tomorrow and the tomorrow after. I pray we never stop having open arms to those who are hurting and need God.
By loving, instructing, encouraging and never judging. Judging… that job is just above my pay grade. The only one I get to judge is me.
Forgive me for hurting in public a little bit. But I simply can’t turn away from drawing people to God that need to know Him desperately.
And if you judge me for that. Well, I guess I’m okay with it.
Will you join me in reaching out to this hurting world and not giving up on anyone just because their sin may be a little more obvious than ours?