Sunday, November 04, 2007
It being Sunday and all, I went to church.
I wrestle with the perception that The Church or "Christians" are too judgmental.
And, sometimes we are.
I wonder if that is a helpful attitude? I doubt it, since the Bible tells us not to judge.
And we know that.
But, sometimes we Christians feel that we should ... "hold people accountable." And, I guess that's true. In certain circumstances.
But, overall, I think we may have overdone it. ...or, not done it well.
Rich Nathan has said that when Jesus talked about this sort of thing, he compared it to pointing out a "speck in our neighbor's eye."
Have you ever had something in your eye? Rich makes the point that dealing with the eye is an extremely delicate procedure- requiring the utmost care and tenderness.
And, I would add, that if done correctly, there is tremendous relief to be had post-op.
But it takes care. I would only trust this procedure to someone who loves me.
The more I think about it, the more I find myself believing that church should be a place where people can go to find acceptance, healing, love... the works. The good stuff. (Good News, you might say)
Or, as Martin Luther put it, “We are all mere beggars telling other beggars where to find bread."
Sometimes, when I am driving myself crazy grappling with the tension between Grace and The Law, the last line of this vid pops into my head.
And I find I can rest.
Supplementary Reading: "Who is My Enemy?"