I walked into a place where they say ” It’s ok not to be ok.” What a great way to describe life and acceptance, fore we live in a world full envy, greed, hatred, lust and betrayal. It is inevitable that something will go wrong by our own actions or some one else’s in a fallen world. What better way to find peace, hope, guidance and strength than in a God whom came and lived in it as a human and experienced ridicule, betrayal, temptation, pain, injustice and still lived a perfect life. He was not born of financial wealth or previllage. And even when he let the world know whom he was, he still did not dine with the self righteous and high class, but with the poor, the broken, those whom were shunned and hated by society. He showed them all of a new road full peace, hope, healing, wisdom and grace that leads to life. The road of self loathing, pain and hopelessness that leads to death now has an exit.
You no longer have to be defined by your past actions but by the past actions of a savior. A cross is longer a symbol of prosecution, humiliation, torture and a certain death. It has been transformed into a symbol of love, forgiveness and hope. Just like the cross was transformed so can you. We are not here to cast stone, fore none of us have lived a perfect life. Jesus even said ” If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” It is not a challenge to love those whom love us. Thats like passing an exam with the answers already written in them. You want some credit than challenge yourself to love the broken.
We were created to love and be loved. We are not meant to live alone but in community and church in its true definition is defined as a community gathered in worship. Scripture even says
” Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near..” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT). So to turn people away from a church, is like walking into someone esle house and making your own rules and then kicking them out for not following your rules.
Expecting a church to be only for the people whom have it all together, is like expecting a hospital to only have healthy people inn it. Perfection is a unreachable goal but love isn’t. So do like first Corinthians and be kind and paitent. Because it is ok not to be ok.By Hector Parrales