It’s OK to not Be OK

I think that the church has a stigma within itself that we try to maintain.  It’s not biblical, and its certainly not a great thing.  It’s this idea that we have to have everything  in our life together when we’re around each other on Sundays and Wednesdays.  That we some how must maintain this “masquerade” of perfect Christian maturity.  I will be the first to tell you this about me:  I don’t have it all together, and sometimes my life is a mess!

That’s OK!  That’s the beauty of the church!  We aren’t called to be a perfect people…if that were possible than Christ wouldn’t have needed to come to suffer and die to redeem us from our imperfections and shortcomings.  Sometimes I think we do greater damage to ourselves by trying to maintain this “stained-glass masquerade,” as it has been called, than to just owning up to a reality check that everything is not as it seems. We are not OK.

When we can openly admit to one another that we are hurting, that we’ve messed up, and that we need the love and encouragement of the saints, THAT is when our lives are ripe for change to occur.  From James, we read this:  “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. ” (James 5:16, NIV).  I don’t read this in this Scripture anywhere, from any angle of this “Lone Ranger” Christianity that many of us try to keep.  “It’s between me and God,” people will say, and yes that is true, but it’s also worth sharing with others.  James says it brings healing!

If your congregation (or any, for that matter) is so judgmental that we can’t even come forward to admit our sins or our needs, than church, that is not the church Jesus Christ died for.  The church is not, nor was it ever, nor will it ever be in the judging business.  That’s God job.  We are here to walk the road to heaven together, picking one another up when we fall—not walking on top of them. We get walked on every day in the world—don’t bring it into the church.

Are you hurting?  Are you broken? Discouraged?  Weary?  Burnt out?  Well, join up with the rest of us bedraggled and beaten down children of God and share in the Lord together with one another.  Confess and share.  Just think about it.

In love, Scott

One thought on “It’s OK to not Be OK

  1. great post! indeed it is the function of the church to hold us up (edification). The purpose of an edifice is to stand up and the work of edifying is to make stand as in Eph 4:11-13 where the Greek construction called ‘genative of purpose” plainly says the purpose God gave us a church (the leaders and teachers) is to make us stand. Functionally however, that is accomplished better in smaller groups like men’s prayer breakfast than in the general assembly. Moses was struggling with something similar to this when he split the assembly into groups of 50s, 100s, and 1000s. Diverse problems are best solved in groups of diverse size. I think I hear you concuring with my own observation that the larger the assembly the less support you feel. But take into account that the largest assembly is where the least spiritual persons are present (ie. the guys that can’t seem to get up early enough for prayer breakfast!) If your church does not encourage small support focusd groups, you will do well to build one of your own. Look on it as a ministry, you will not only gain support from them but find you provide much more than you get. And your fellowship will be an example and inspiration to others to do likewise.

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