If everybody who posted a Christian post on Facebook would go to church

The title says it all.  I’m not sure how Jesus feels about it, but here’s my take.  Personally I appreciate the fact that people make posts about Jesus and about God, but I wonder if the person’s lack of credibility just works to dilute Christianity.  We who do go to church don’t need any help making Jesus look bad, we’re doing just fine without your help.  It’s not that I expect those who make the posts to be perfect, I’m certainly not perfect.  I don’t expect them to quit cursing or quit smoking.  I don’t even expect them to quit going to the bars or the gambling joints (aka – coffee shops here in WV).  I don’t expect them to quit living with someone they’re not married to, quit piling up credit card debt, or quit looking at pornography on the internet.  HEAR THIS – I’m not advocating any of that!  I believe we’re all better off if we quit doing those things, except going to the gambling joints and bars (I believe that’s OK so we can witness).

But I believe the one thing we need to do is to find a church that will Go To Churchaccept us the way we are, warts and all.  Honestly, I didn’t quit drinking and shooting pool at the bars when I started going to church.  Those who don’t go to church (and some who do go to church) may think if someone is going to keep drinking at the bar, or shacking up, or clicking on pictures of naked women, then you shouldn’t be going to church.  That’s not Biblical.  Those are exactly the people Jesus wants to hang out with.  Matthew 9:12-13 says,

“Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I believe church is where you “….go and learn what this means…”  Going to church is the first step toward getting well.  I know all the arguments about how bad people who go to church act, treat others, etc.  That should make you feel all the more welcome at church!  Go to church Sunday.  Go back the next week.  Then when Christmas comes in a few weeks, you can be like all the other “church people” who make fun of all the people who just come on Christmas and Easter.  And maybe, just maybe, Jesus will start to work on you like He worked on me for 15 years from 1985 to 2000 while I went to church off and on until He saved me and has continued to work on me the last 11 years since.  United Methodists call this continual work that Christ does on a Christian “sanctification”.  We’re a work in progress, but there has to be a beginning.  Let it begin in church.

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