Earlier today on my Facebook, I posted this Judah Smith quote which is an excerpt from his Jesus Is Book.
I am advocating a church that reflects real life, a church where people with real problems can come and find hope and joy. I want people in my church to welcome everybody. The gay, the straight, the rich, the poor, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I want my church to be a place where people can come in from all kinds of backgrounds and issues and shortcomings and addictions and bondages, and we don’t have to get them all fixed up before they sit on the front row.
That’s the gospel. It’s good news for everyone. Its not good news just for people who are already good, for those who are self- controlled and disciplined enough to have all their ducks in a row. It’s good news for the people who can’t even find their ducks. They haven’t seen some of their ducks in years. Their lives are a mess. But they can come to Jesus and find instant acceptance. They belong long before they believe and long before they behave.
This thought (Thanks Judah) was met with a flood of comments and likes. Honestly, not many Christians would disagree with such words. The current reality of many churches (for whatever reason) doesn’t always as a whole community reflect this being an accurate reality.
As I’ve reflected and meditated on this the past few days I began dreaming of how incredible it would be to actually be apart of a church that fully preached the gospel, believed the gospel, embodied the gospel and live the gospel.
Rather than idealise or look to the ‘greener’ grass on the other side, I’ve committed in my spirit to ‘green up the grass beneath me.’ To put it another way, rather than wait for someone or somewhere else to be this, I’ve decided to be this for myself. Change begins with me, not finger pointing at others.
Will you join with me in this? Maybe you were one of those who liked or commented on Facebook (Thanks), but let’s not just be ‘likers’ of the word, as James instructs us in James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Lets be the church for the Duckless.