We shouldn't be surprised that the Church mirrors perfectly about all the same destructive behaviors that they are screaming at the world outside about. What's worse for the Church is all the while heaping a big dose of judgement on everybody but themselves, the judgement seems to always come back on the one that lives in judgement of others. The end result at this time is this; the church has pretty much became exactly the same.
This is what I'm learning. I am no different than anyone else if I in turn live in judgement of the "Church Sub Culture" or the world. What I am feeling challenged to do, is live as I see and feel God's spirit leading me to live. Free to do that and free to leave everything else for Him to set straight if he wants to set it straight.
What I also feel challenged to do, when I see an opening, is to bring attention to the fact that we all need to take a long hard look at ourselves. We need to be reminded that critical thinking is vital to our spiritual health. We are told to measure everything according to scripture. If Jesus is the exact representation of God his life seems to be a good place to start. Actually, he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I think the point is, if we start with him, live with him and finish with him that is the goal.
I came to see very clearly that my life was and is in need of some major adjustments. I'm beginning to believe and see something much more awesome than I have been about for along time.
Taking an assessment of our lives can be scary. When I started seeing where my life was out of sorts with God's heart there were moments that were gut wrenching. It was territory I was unfamiliar with. Some of the adjustments have just been little tweaking. What I have experienced this year can not be described that way. It has been a shaking like I could have never imagined. I am feeling like I'm getting my footing again. But here is something else that is new. I do not trust that the shaking is over. Nore do I want it to be. The shaking is God's grace. It is an attempt to set us free from our own way that is distorting and keeping us from living as he wants us to live.
I need that grace every day because I do not trust myself at all when it comes to these things. This life is a flowing tide. He is all there is to hang onto. He thinks so differently than I do so he moves in ways I would not naturally go. I do want to follow but it is so easy to get distracted and caught up in the noise all around me.
But I will press on because I do not want to go back.
I want to live graciously. There is enough judging already going around and it has never ever done anyone any good.
"Grace rarely ever makes sense to those looking in from the outside."