Brutal Hope

Wake Up Call

winter bird branchWe don’t always expose ALL of ourselves to ALL people do we? Really, that isn’t very wise anyhow because not everyone is “safe” to tell our darkest secrets to. Chances of safety don’t necessarily improve within the church environment. Where people struggle with certain sins they know they will be met with judgment and disapproval.

The church is the place where we should be most real but it is too often the place of plastic smiles and superficial niceties. That’s why I was so heartened when my daughter mentioned what happened at her church on a December morning service. During the Advent season, the pastor was focusing on messages about hope but not in any traditional sense. No platitudes; no high minded speech but real hope for real people struggling with real life.

When Danielle told me about it, I was drawn in and wanted to hear it for myself. Fortunately that was possible since all sermons are posted for listening at the church website. I listened with tears in my eyes through much of this honest and courageous testimony. It gave me a sense of the real mission of the church of Jesus Christ. We shouldn’t be shocked when the church abandons plastic platitudes; we should embrace it.

Remember what Jesus said; “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

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