“We are saved–as a group; praying together, correcting one another, forgiving one another, stumbling along after Jesus together, memorizing the moves until his way has become our way.” –Willimon & Hauerwas
It is easy to look at our fellow Christians as hypocritical, self-centered and attention seeking… because they are. What is harder to see is that we are as well; we are wallowing in our filth and pointing an accusing finger at the other wallowers. I actually love when the Bible uses harsh imagery to describe the ugliness of sin because I know that I don’t hate it enough unless I see that it really is that ugly. Sin is not just a naughty thing that we should not have done, it is outright rebellion and a slap to the God who treats us so graciously.
When I recognize the ugliness of my own heart I can find the humility to forgive others for their ugliness too. We are together, as it is, for better or worse. A huge group of ugly wallowers stumbling after Jesus.