With Easter around the corner, I've noticed a slight spike in the 'I don't mess with church people cause y'all fake' crew. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't particularly like the term 'church people' because of the negative connotation that comes with it, but as someone who does go to church, I feel like I gotta say something.
Now I know that there are people that when they hear or see the word Christian, its instantly negative thoughts or opinions. I know a lot of that has to do with people who proclaim Christianity but truly aren't living it out, especially people in leadership positions. As someone who has seen some crazy stuff in the church, I truly understand, but despite this, three things remain true:
1. People who are in leadership are STILL people.
2. Just because they proclaim to be a Christian doesn't mean that they are.
3. Regardless of how His people act or what they say, God's standard hasn't changed.
People act like Pastors, ministers, and deacons aren't people too. I agree with those who say that they should be held to a higher standard, but they also need grace like the rest of us. I'm not saying don't call them out on their trash, but there's a way to do it that's still respectful and honorable to God.
There are also people who claim to be pastors, ministers, deacons, and Christians in general who are really just wolves in sheep's clothing. I don't like to talk about people's church leadership or members, but it's the reality. There are people who fit into the negative Christian stereotypes, but it's your responsibility to discern the difference and act accordingly. You can't blame all Christians or God for the actions of a few. That's not fair.
People are going to be people, but God does not change, so His expectations of us don't change. I do my best to live the way He's called me to. Do I fall short? Yes. Do I mess up? All the time. But do I dust myself off and try again? Absolutely.
And His love and grace carries and covers me through all of it. I don't take advantage of his love, but instead I respect the boundaries that is sets and I do my best to live within them.
A real Christian will tell you that they are nowhere near perfect, just an ordinary person covered by an extraordinary God and because of Him can do extraordinary things.
So this Sunday, if you do decide to go to someone's church, don't get caught up in the people. Get caught up in the message:
Jesus was a real person who was beaten, spit on, disrespected, and hung on a cross. He REALLY died. He was REALLY put into a tomb and three days later, they really found it empty. He really rose from the grave.
And He did all that for you.. .
So don't get caught up in how His creations act because we're wrapped in flesh.
Instead, get caught up in Him.
It's the best place you could ever be.