One of the most frequent comments I get from people who I sit down and talk with about life is this, “Finally, I can be honest.” Now I grew up in a healthy church and so being honest with pastors and friends is all I’ve ever known. Yet, for many honest leads to being hurt, being gossiped about, trying to “fix” you, rebuked, etc… But if there is one thing the gospel should do, it should promote honesty. There is nothing we should feel the need to hide, because Christ has already dealt with all our junk on the cross. We are forgiven. Why hide our stuff when we know that God isn’t going to hold it against us? Also, we are empowered. His victory is ours and so through His power we can deal with our stuff and experience growth, albeit sometimes at a snails pace (at least for me). So for the Christian we shouldn’t fear being honest, but rather allow our honesty to allow us to experience God’s grace.
I’m so grateful Christ Church has a growing culture of honesty. I’m grateful that we are a mess, but a mess together with continued hope in the gospel.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1Jo 1:5-7 NAS)
Grace and peace,