The flaws we all see. They are there. You know them and so do I.
The Church can be so beautiful when it is functioning correctly.
This week I was in Houston, Texas helping with hurricane clean up. I was partnered with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) and Misseo Dei ( a local church).
Misseo Dei was a wonderful representation of what a church looks like by biblical standards. It was a great reminder of what a church following God can look like… and may I just say that it is shocking.
They cared about people.
They saw people for who they really were and sought to care for them. Their physical as well as their spiritual needs.
The church often likes to stay caught up in its own padded seats and stained glass windows. However we forget that the church isnt the building but the people.
The church is the hospitol for the world. A place where people can commune with God, be filled up, worship Him, fellowship with others, and then be sent back into the world to seek and to save the lost. To be the light in the darkness. To live uncomfortably for the sake of the gospel.
When I first got saved I was bitter at the church as a whole for quite a while. I saw an amazing God that people were simply not very excited about. I saw the hypocrisy of people saying they believed but not doing anything with that knowledge. I saw dead faith.
You see, works are the outflow of an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. Christianity is not about a religion. It is about a relationship with the creator of the world and the savior of our souls.
When we know him, we want to serve him and we are willing to lay down our very lives in order to do so.
Then God helped me realize through much prayer and seeking of the scripture that we are all dirty. We are all helplessly flawed. We all sin. And there is only one who can truly save us from ourselves. Only God.
When you start to see people all the same, as created in the image of God, you start to see them with compassion.
Instead of judging, we can be the change that we want to see.
It all starts with you.