Worth the risk?

Photo: Andrew Hayward, Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo: Andrew Hayward, Flickr via Creative Commons

 

“What’s most important about this early church experience is that the Gentiles are the outsiders. They’re the ones that the church doesn’t know how to accept. They don’t follow the law. They don’t conform to the first-century Judean customs or rules or moralities. They don’t fit in, they don’t follow the rules, and their very presence in the community is scandalous to the first-century Christians. The first-century Christians would have considered them…sinful.

The church today seems to find these groups, these “sinners,” everywhere.

Do you know who I’m talking about? Who would provoke scandalized looks in your church? A pregnant teen? Someone with piercings and tattoos? A woman preaching? A gay or lesbian couple? A homeless person? A Muslim? A transgender person? What sins does your church like to highlight in its sermons?

Or, better yet, what would ruin your reputation if you confessed it in front of the crowd?

We are all living by faith. We are all living under grace.”

~ Jay Bakker, Faith, Doubt and Other Lines I’ve Crossed Walking with the Unknown God

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