Sorry for the lameness in lack of posts recently. I won’t make excuses.
I will, however share with you this awesome article from Relevantmagazine.com a few friends of mine just posted on Facebook called “Being a Christian Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Should.”
The article speaks well about how grace and “real” Christianity does not always look the way other Christians or society wants it to look. Really, by looking for Christians to appear a certain way, we are putting God in a box. Grace is a process, we are works in progress and we are made perfect only in Christ, but still exist in changing earthly bodies with personalities and characteristics that change and grow and may not always be perfectly Christ-like. And maybe being Christ-like isn’t what we all imagine it is sometimes.
I go to church at an inner city church plant. The pastor call the congregation a “motley crew” and it is true. We come from all walks of life. There are hipsters and homeless people and wealthy people and young and old. People are grappling with addictions, with difficult life circumstances with being students or stay at home moms or with growing up in this world in general. We are all sinners. Our thing in common is Jesus and what God’s grace is doing in our lives.
If someone walked in looking for people to look or act a certain way, they might be shocked. People should know Christians because they are different. Because of the love and grace the exude. That does not mean they all have to be extroverts who dress and behave a certain way. They can have tattoos and piercings or wear skirts and have long hair. They all still struggle in one way or another.
I am guilty of it. As humans, we all judge. We compare and put people and things in boxes.
We need to stop putting God in a box. And just as much, we need to stop putting what God does in, with and through people in a box.