Today at Liberate, Paul Dunk has written a post about the pretense of perfection that is often seen in churches. The effect is that those who know that they are sinners often “hulk out”, or go into hiding due to the shame of not being able to measure up. There is a contingent of people out there who really believe that church should be a safe haven for those who want to escape being around sinners. I used to think that was a good idea back when I saw myself as righteous. The problem is, this type of church would be empty, or full of liars . . . the latter of which violates the tenant of their ideal church. Dunk summarizes this type of thinking like this:
. . . This builds a culture of law and comparison in our churches, rather than a culture of grace and compassion. In essence, we prefer people who sin in the same ways we do.
I prefer to see my sin as “an issue God is dealing with” but have no problem seeing your sin as dark and horrible.
The sad truth is all of our sin is dark and horrible; and the moment that we begin to categorize our pride as less of an offense to God than the sin of immodesty or lust, we have played our hand and have revealed our heart.
This short post puts things in perspective.
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