Letter to the Unchurched

Dear Unchurched and De-churched Readers

Faith

Hi all. I’ve updated one of my favorite posts for those who are new to my site. This is my heart. Following Jesus isn’t about keeping all the rules or finding the “right” religion. It about love. Once you truly decide to follow Christ, the heart change takes place on its own. There will never be perfection in this life, but you will find freedom. 

 

Dear Unchurched Reader,

I have a confession. 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 couple of glasses 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 a church like mine 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 finding or 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 again.

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 do and so do you.

Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,

all your soul, and all your mind.

This is the first and greatest commandment.

A second is equally important: love your neighbor as yourself.

The entire law and all the prophets are based on these two commandments.

(Matthew 22:37-40)

Until next time,

~ Barb

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Notes

1. Swope, Renee. A Confident heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God’s Promises. Grand Rapids: Revell, 2011

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