Acceptance

When my family and I first moved back to the states, we started looking around for a church to attend. We found one that suited us and I decided to meet with the pastor. For our first meeting I was going to put my best foot forward. Everyone wants to make a good first impression on the pastor, right?

I had thought very carefully ahead of time how I would steer the conversation, to paint myself is a good light, yet, when we met, I wound up doing the exact opposite! Every flaw, every bit of dirt came out onto the table. I was fully exposed. I remember, when I left I thought, “man, he is never going to want to talk to me again!” Much to my surprise, however, he did. We met quite frequently and became good friends.

My pastor learned every bad thing about me upfront. The first impression I gave him was not a good one, but he accepted me. Regardless of the mistakes I had made, the bad judgments, the skeletons in my closet, that pastor accepted me, just as I was.

Would that all Christians were that way! Can you imagine how effective we would be for Christ if we accepted one another, regardless of how different we are or how bad our pasts may be? If Christians would love each other regardless of the mistakes, bad judgments or skeletons in all our closets, the church would be a force to be reckoned with!

Why not make an effort to accept your brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of their differences from you, just as Christ accepted you.

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3 Responses to Acceptance

  1. Van Franklin says:

    I still haven;t met our pastor at our “new” church. The last 2 churches I met both in a matter of days. The first one my wife set up and we met them because he just dropped by while I happened to be out in the yard working. He came inside his wife say in the car. Talking to him while I was dirty and sweaty and had to sit on a stool from the office wasn’t the most comfortable thing but he was kind and genuine although I didn’t like his views too much. The second one dropped by un announced also and it was a horrible day in the Franklin house. Deb was ill Riley was ill and I was in no mood to be nice to a total stranger that I had at that point never even been to his church. My wife and son had gone a couple of times. Needless to say I didn’t let him in and he left pretty quickly. I was neither nice nor rude to him. At our present church I have wanted to meet the pastor. But as yet have not made an appointment. I tend to be the “interviewer” in meetings like this. So they get to see me at not my worst but not my best. In my opinion I am there to be accepted by the Lord and I guess that means in my mind that the speaker for the Lord should also accept me as I am. That way he knows exactly what he has to work with =) I wish I was able to accept them as they are but it is part of the modern human condition I agree it is something we mist continue to strive towards.
    Thank you Todd for you insights.

  2. Bill Gautsch says:

    Thank u, good post! =)

  3. Evancho Michael says:

    Well, you mention here things that really made me think.