My wife took a risk. She reaped a great reward. I had her speak Sunday to our church. She spoke about forgiveness. Not the normal churchy song and dance: the forbidden fruit version. She was blatantly honest about her past, her struggles, and her story. The day before Halloween she stood mask less, with a bared soul and open heart.
The feedback has been overwhelming. It’s amazing how many people she touched with her message. The vast majority of the responses have been directed at her honesty. It’s uncommon to see a leader be transparent. My goodness though, it’s helpful and needed.
Too many hurting people don’t find help from our masquerade partying churches. How can imperfect people find help when they think churches are all for perfect people?
We recently had a staff meeting wherein we discussed our core values. This introspection brought forth some very inspiring illumination. Mercy was at the top of the list. Acceptance was up there as well. Organic. Real people. Protectors of the patience required in helping others emerge as disciples of Jesus, also made the list. You get the idea.
That’s the kind of church I want to pastor. We believe wholeheartedly that we are the perfect church for imperfect people. This desire is born out of our love for God and people. We have had to fight to get to this place. There are many that haven’t been comfortable with this shift; however, we aren’t building our church with saved people in mind. I don’t want to pastor a place where it’s not ok for the pastor’s wife to be blatantly honest about issues.
Take the mask off this Halloween. That’s counter-culture theology to be sure. Spiritually though, it is absolutely necessary if you are going to emerge as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Open face in the Greek literally means mask less. Be real with people and yourself. Religion says no, relationship says yes.
Take your mask off this Halloween and experience true freedom of expression.