It’s been almost two weeks since my last post and I am not on the track I intended with regular posting this month.
Many thoughts have been swirling in my mind, but none of them have landed on this blog, my journal or another spot. In a sense, it’s been overwhelming not to be able to process in this way. At the same time, I wanted to give myself grace and space.
A few things have happened in the world that I thought would compel the formulation of thoughts into a post, but they never came to fruition.
Last weekend’s tragic events in Texas certainly caused me to pause. Instead of a blog post, I wrote on Facebook and started an unexpected conversation thread. It turned out to be rather healthy in nature, with different opinions and disagreement. However, no comments had to be deleted, or even the whole post, and by the end I felt like it had done it’s job in creating a space for conversation in the midst of high emotions and the need to vent.
While issues like gun violence, sexual misconduct, false statements and conflict within the church have plagued the news this past week, I see it through a lens of anger, denial, lying and hypocrisy….all forms of sin.
How are there sides to an issue when sin is involved? Doesn’t it stop at the fact that we are imperfect, broken beings in need of forgiveness?
Why are we debating whether something is true or not when it’s very clear that wrong has been done, lives have been lost/negatively impacted and there’s a way out.
“8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:8-10
- When anger causes a man to misuse a weapon to kill worshippers….we need Jesus.
- When men and women bravely speak up against those who have physically and emotionally harmed them…we need Jesus
- When individuals deny misconduct or lie…we need Jesus.
- When a church body is up in arms against one another, some defending and some rebuking…we need Jesus.
Jesus is the answer. Forgiveness, comfort and peace lie in Him, alone.
How can you share Jesus with someone who needs to know Him today?