Like many other Americans, I confess to being a J. Cole fan. The lyrics and beats are hot, not to mention the brother is fine! While doing some work recently, his song Nobody’s Perfect came on and I began thinking about what that really meant. While Cole has a very specific thing in mind, the concept of the song should apply to the church and yet, the church is the one place that seems hard-pressed to create perfection.
Here’s what I mean. Have you ever walked into church (or seen someone else) with a skirt that was a little short and heard the comments made by the “Church Mothers”? Have you seen the eye rolling when a man doesn’t take off a baseball cap when entering the sanctuary? Or the single mother with five children and no husband? Or the teenage boy who dresses a little feminine? There are countless examples of how the church has missed the opportunity to be in relationship with people simply because a person wasn’t perfect. Somehow those who have leadership positions or have never strayed from the church, forget that nobody’s perfect nor are we called to be.
I would challenge anyone to search the 66 books of the bible and find our mandate to be perfect. And then find me one person born of two human parents who has achieved such a life. Try as you might, you won’t find such a thing. And as the pastor of a new church, I’m okay with that. In fact, I welcome people who aren’t perfect and accept the fact that they will never be. Each of us will make mistakes, choose the wrong path, love the wrong person, hate our brother or sister and speak out of anger. It’s not the end of the world because we all get a second chance.
So if you aren’t perfect and yet still believe in Jesus, we have a place for you at Second Chance.
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