Aug. 18, 2016

Straighten Up!

Amos 7:8, “And the Lord asked me, What do you see, Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.” 

God holds His children to higher standards. He expects the ungodly to act ungodly. He calls the saved to act saved. I am growing increasingly frustrated by the “experts” who want to examine everyone’s life but their own and then tell the rest of us how to live.

The young person deciding they are gay – straighten up! God doesn’t like that!

The woman who finds herself pregnant, alone, and contemplating all options – straighten up, you sinner!

The young black man who acts out begging to have a voice and wanting to be seen as a person instead of an out-of-control rioter – you’re just bad! Straighten up!

The Mexican man crossing the border attempting to earn enough money to send back home to his family, willing to work the most lowly of jobs, afraid to come forward fearing he will be sent home and the money will stop. You’re illegal, man – straighten up!

Let’s talk about the Christian who overeats, shall we? Straighten up!

Let’s talk about the church goer who falls asleep during the sermon or trash talks his pastor on the side – straighten up, man!

Let’s talk about the holier-than-thou women who gossip about the latest divorce and the most recent teenage pregnancy during their holy bible study – they just need to straighten up!

Let’s talk about the ones who drink all day and night Saturday only to show up at church on Sunday in their finely pressed suit – hey, get the wrinkles out of your life and forget about your suit!

Let's talk about the high-and-mighty who want to give us a commentary on what is happening in the news while they spread hate, bigotry, and use racial slurs in their homes. Hey, quit it!  Straighten up!

Let’s talk about the senior adults who want to sit around and talk about how bad the world has become but has no interest in rocking babies in the church nursery or working in a preschool class playing with children.  Just straighten up – you hear me?

Let's talk about the devout Christian who harbors resentment and is stuck on blaming someone for something that happened years ago; still refusing to simply call a tragedy something tragic. It's time to get over it, move on and straighten up!

Let’s talk about the Christian who never opens their bible unless they are in church – straighten up and try harder!

I am severely lacking and totally broken. God loves me anyway. I do not do everything right and struggle to admit it when I am wrong. God loves me anyway. I love chocolate way too much and drink entirely too much Diet Coke.  God loves me anyway. I get frustrated at people and act ugly. God loves me anyway. Sometimes I panic and make really bad decisions. God loves me anyway.

Let’s get one thing perfectly straight…

“For all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory.”  Romans 3:23

When I stopped pretending all my ducks were in a row and my life was perfect, the rest of the world didn’t look nearly as crooked.