What about grace? I was raised a Lutheran, and that is nearly always the first question I ask when I hear Christians get legalistic and judgmental.
Jesus came for all. He invited sinners into his life and work. He appointed people who had as many faults–as all humans do–to do his sacred work. Why then do we continue to exclude rather than to include; to divide rather than unite?
What would Jesus do? Love all people. He would open his arms and embrace them with their warts and all.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40
We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world. If you are the only Christ someone sees, what will they see? What sort of attributes will Christ–through you–have? Will they catch a glimpse of grace?
This message is excerpted from “Toppled communion ware demonstrates grace” by Tricia Niesche from the April 23, 2018, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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