No Perfect People Allowed…Except Jesus


 

Are there perfect people in this world, in Church?  Have you ever been in a church or a crowd where people acted or seemed better than you?  If so, how did it make you feel?  Did you feel rejected or accepted?  Did you feel like there was hope or did you feel hopeless?

Below is a video that was very popular earlier this year entitled, Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.

After watching this video:

  1. Was the speaker saying, ditch the church and be spiritual on your own?  Or was he drawing a different distinction between religion and Jesus?
  2. How does this speaker define religion?  Is he right in doing so?  What are your thoughts?
  3. If there really are no perfect people in church and this world, what should it look like when Christians gather as the church?  How should we act in relation to other sinners?
  4. What hope do you have in a church that is a hospital for the sick that tells people “come as you are no matter what you’ve done or how messy your life is”?  What fears do you have? 
  5. How does the Gospel address the fears that we have about showing our sin and about allowing sinful people to be part of our lives and in our church?

As Christians we tend to cloister, separate, ourselves from people who are caught in sin.  It’s like they are sick and we want to keep them out of our lives in fear of being infected as well.  Yet the truth is, we are all infected.  We’re all sick with sin.  We all need a doctor, we all need healing to differing degrees and in different ways. Jesus said in Mark 2:17,

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

In our new church we will encounter many people who “don’t have life together” but it’s okay because we don’t have life together as well.  We’re all messed up.  We’re all sick.  We all need a doctor who is well and who can heal us.    We all need him.  And when we recognize that, we don’t have to hide or pretend.  We don’t have to fear other’s judgment, because Jesus was judged on our behalf.  We can be open about what we’re struggling with and allow Jesus to serve and to help us through our fellow Christians.  And we can help others as well and we can show them that Jesus accepts, loves, and can help change them too, because he’s healed and is still healing us. 

No perfect people are allowed in our Church except Jesus because only Jesus is perfect.  We can’t pretend we have it all together, and if we think we do we deceive ourselves.  Rather, we can all admit we are all sick and we can rest in his healing perfection.

For more about religion and the Gospel check out The Difference between Religion, Irreligion, and the Gospel.

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About Ted Torreson

I'm a Husband, Father, Pastor & Church planter

Posted on July 17, 2012, in Gospel-Centered and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You, Sir, Ted, are now one of the blog posts I’ll be receiving in my in-box. Thank you for your witness to our Lord, Jesus Christ, and His church.

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