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The Church is a whore…

…But she’s my mother.” – source unknown

This fairly well known quote from church history I think gets at something very, very important for us to remember as we live in present day culture. Many people around us are skeptical of the church. They may have backgrounds like mine where the church burned them in some way, or they simply do not see how people can say they believe one thing then live & act like they do. And you know what, for the most part, they’ve got a good reason for their skepticism dont they? After all, we preach a message of self-lessness yet act selfishly all the time. We preach peace from the cross yet fight with our spouses. Bottom line, we preach freedom from sin, yet we sin. Are you surprised we have critics?

But there is great news. We Christians are not called to live perfect lives! We are called to live in a pursuit of the glory of God. As we do that, we will sin. This is clear in scripture. So yes we are the church, a people with the only true message of hope for the world. But we are not perfect. We whore after other gods yet in his mercy God still uses us to carry out his mission. He convicts us and restores us to himself time and again.

So, next time you have an encounter with someone who calls the church “a bunch of hypocrites.” You can reply “yep, and there is always room for more!” Our lives are not going to always reflect Jesus, but we are saddened when they do not. When we become more real with non-christians about the reality of our sin and how it pains us, I think we begin to break down the “hypocrite” stereo type so prevelant among those disenfranchised with the church. just some thoughts. what do you think?

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  1. January 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

    You’re right on target here, Spence. I think it’s important to embrace our brokenness, and be honest with our culture. We’re not fooling them when we try to act like our lives are all put together and clean all of the time.

    Our culture wants honesty. But I think the Church feels like, if we’re honest, we’ll drive people away. What I’ve found, though, is that honesty draws people in.

    Fantastic post, Spence. And I’m loving the new look of your blog!

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