The Church That Ate Its Own

We really like this stuff. (I was so tempted to say, “We really eat this up.“)

Tales from the crypt about horrible church experiences. Bad church. BAD CHURCH! And we shake our all too righteous fingers at it like it’s a dog that just wet the carpet.

But… it makes headlines… and we eat it up. (Sorry. The metaphor is too good.)

Write a headline that says, “Grace will lead us home,” and the only reason THAT gets read, or the book gets sold, is we look for the sordid details as to why the author needed grace.

I have found grace in my life. And from the Church. Sorry to disappoint. Not everyone, but those who didn’t like what I did at least didn’t try to eat me. I thank them for that.

No. I found grace. In my horrid condition, the Church, the Body of Christ, extended me the grace given to them.

No sordid details. No stories of getting completely rejected. I don’t pretend the Church is pure as the wind-driven snow. (I’m not a liberal, after all.)

But the Church, the Body of Christ, has given me grace. Much grace. And I want to live in that grace and extend it.

Grace will lead us home. It’s not sexy for the headlines but it IS power for my life… and yours.

Grace

I was finally able to see Les Miserables in the theater.

It is one of the most powerful pictures of grace I have seen in quite some time. What a beautiful story, and I thoroughly enjoyed the performances… ESPECIALLY Anne Hathaway… WOW!

It’s a beautiful story and it was beautiful to look into this amazing story of grace.

I am Ruined!

I said, “Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!” (Isa. 6:5, CEB)

Advent is the powerful story of Christ coming to us. It also needs to remind us of the state of our own affairs. We are not worthy. We cannot dwell in his holy presence.

In an era where our society has effectively wiped away “shame” and “embarrassment” we may very well have destroyed our sense of “holiness” and our need for the holiness of God in our own lives. We are simply not comfortable with the Holy. That’s why we’ve created God in our own image.

How we need a vision of the Holy. To realize we truly do not belong in his presence… and then to know his touch of grace that draws us in!