Guys, we’re broken. We. Are. Broken. And we’ve got to come to terms with it.
I had a hard conversation with a friend recently. She’s going through the stuff. Ugh. You know what I’m talking about. And it all piled on too high, complete with two hospital stays in one week. And we talked about how The Church has to be a safe haven for The Saints who need to recover. Who need to be made whole again. Who need restoration from the pains of the world.
Sure, the little things make us broken: breaking the speed limit, road rage, gossip, neglecting relationship with Christ, …things like that. But we’re broken in serious ways that we, as The Church, have to acknowledge. The divorced woman who had to leave her abusive husband, the recovering alcoholic who may break at any moment, the girl who has all but left the church in favor of the party scene–these are the brothers and sisters who need to be embraced, loved, and cared for.
The good news: Not only are we broken–we’re grafted into Christ.
In Romans 11, Paul uses an analogy that speaks to this issue. All of us are grafted into Christ if we believe in Him. We, therefore, can draw everything we need from Him. It’s not always quick. But we can pull what we need from the shoot that is Christ. Seek God for wisdom when helping the battered woman, the fallen brother or sister, the young couple struggling in their marriage. We can pull from the shoot that is Christ when we need to get out of our rut, when we need the wisdom to fix our marriage, work for a simply terrible boss, recover from abuse of all sorts.
That, my friends, is good news if I’ve ever heard any.