Dear Unchurched Reader,
I have a confession to make. On occasion I have been known to let out a curse in the heat of anger. And guess what? The anger wasn’t even justified. I have been known to have trouble forgiving those who have wounded me deeply, and sometimes I judge a little too harshly. Oh, and I enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, although I am not given to drunkenness.
I DON’T HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER.
This next part may shock you… I still call myself a Christian!
If you came to my church and didn’t have it together, we would welcome you anyway because the truth is none of us does. Christianity is not about perfection. In the wise words of Renee Swope from her book A Confident Heart, “God’s love is perfect, you don’t have to be.”
So maybe you aren’t going to church right now because you’re ashamed of something in your past, maybe you have been or are going through a divorce, or maybe you are struggling with a sin that you can’t quite conquer. Don’t put off attending church because you don’t feel that the body will accept you. I encourage you to find a church that will welcome you with your flaws because, guess what? We all have them and often times we need the support of our Christian brothers and sisters along with our relationship with Christ to make us whole and strong enough to conquer the strongholds that hold us back.
So, forget the views of the church being full of hypocrites. Of course there are some there; they are everywhere. But, mostly what you will find is sinners just like you and I. The thing is, if we were perfect we wouldn’t need a savior, but I desperately do and so do you.
Until next time …
See more about Renee Swope here: Renee Swope Blog
1. Swope, Renee. A Confident heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God’s Promises. Grand Rapids: Revell, 2011