those people…

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32

I love Friday, I really do…for one reason…it is my day off. I start out my day by going down to the docks and watching the Florida Sunrise. This morning’s sunrise was beautiful by the way, and as I was watching, I began contemplating the events of this past week. It has been an overwhelming week for me. Ministry is taxing because there are so many people who need help. There are so many people who are searching for peace. In this down economy with sin so prevalent in our world I am witnessing people who are truly searching for a peace that surpasses all understanding. I believe many of these people really want change in their lives. God has given me so many great opportunities to be a witness for Him. The reason that my week has been so overwhelming, is because so many people need Jesus. This is something that should overwhelm us. These people are searching for eternal security and in many cases are desperate; I am thankful that God is at work. I was thinking this morning about the people of the world. When I am talking about the people of the world, I am thinking of those who are truly searching. In most cases these people do not look like the people that fill up church auditoriums every Sunday. These people, are not the worldly people that most well intentioned Church goers interact with on a daily basis. These people wear the scars of tough lives and poor choices. As I am contemplating, I cannot help but wonder where they might fit in? You see the church often makes it difficult for these people. I have found those who are truly seeking a relationship with Christ in most cases are not a lot like me. Their lives have taken them down different paths than I and most of the people in the modern church have traveled. What do we do with these people? How do we assimilate them into our comfortable church environments? I was told this week by a well meaning individual that “this is not the kind of people that we need on our church campus”. I have not been able to shake this statement, I cannot seem to get it of my mind. Because truth be told, these are exactly the kind of people that need to be on our church campus. Jesus called the Church to call sinners into repentance. The Bible also teaches that “all have sinned”, and that we all fall way short of God’s glory. The modern church has figured out away to put a quantitative value on sin. We seem to be measuring the sin of the world against our own comfortable church world. It appears that we believe the people of the worlds sin are so much worse than our own in the church. I already know that many of my church friends who read this blog, will by this point have become Frustrated and upset with me. But what I am blogging about is true. It is something that the Church needs to think about! Jesus ask us a great question in Matthew’s gospel. He ask, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” We are so ready to call people on their sin, but we don’t like the tables to be turned and have people point out our own sin. We are to be light in a dark world. I realize the need to be cautious, but I also believe that we have to rely on the Holy Spirit to change people who are not like us. The Bible calls for us to be imitators of Christ. We need to let a lost world see Christ in us. We need to make those searching feel welcome in our meetings and on our campuses. Please notice that I did not say comfortable…lost people need to feel welcome…not comfortable. It appears that the church has already assumed the comfortable position anyhow. My prayer is that we (the church) will become uncomfortable with the sin in our own lives and truly be changed. I love you all<><