I read an article once that said many Christians feel uncomfortable when questionable people attend church. You’ve probably read or heard something similar before too.
Homeless people, prostitutes, druggies, murderers, pedophiles….
Even reading that list probably made some of you cringe just a little.
But Jesus died for us all. He didn’t say, “Unless your past was questionable. That’s where I draw the line.”
If a questionable past can keep you out of Heaven, I’m already disqualified.
All of us deserve hell. We just can’t measure up to God’s righteousness by ourselves.
And that’s why God–from the foundations of the earth–had the plan of salvation ready to go.
God, creator of the world, knew BEFORE IT HAPPENED that man–his most special creation–would screw up.
Then he created us anyway.
Because He is a God of love and wanted a people to lavish that love upon.
This fact still blows me away!
God has ALWAYS loved you. He loved you BEFORE you were ever loveable. He loved you even when He KNEW mankind was going to say, “Buzz off! I’ve got this under control.”
It’s a love that’s beyond comprehension.
Why is the church not sharing this wonderful news?
Because we can’t run around telling people Jesus loves them just as they are. There are conditions you know!
So the church continues to avoid homeless people, prostitutes, druggies, murderers, pedophiles….
And don’t even pull the “So your saying that we should all just do whatever we want? That’s greasy grace” card.
It’s a tired argument that needs to die.
I’m simply stating the fact that a behavior modification program, which has never worked (just ask the children of Israel) is not the same as the transforming power of grace.
The “bad” people we try desperately to avoid need Jesus.