David Johnson, pastor of Church of the Open Door tells a story that I must share; a story that I resonate with as a fellow pastor who longs to help people encounter the grace of our Jesus and yet all too often feel bogged down in the pettiness of the church. This story was shared in the most recent Leadership Journal.
David shares, "One night I was at church ministering to this guy who was telling me stuff he'd never told anybody, ever. He was so ashamed of his addiction and sin and was so broken by it that he was sobbing. That night he experienced all sorts of healing. Yes, he had a long road ahead, but there was grace for this man, and he believed it.
I walked out of the room thinking, This is the kingdom!
But as I left the room, I bumped into a lady from the church who was weeping, too. But she was weeping because of a decision the church had made to change the choir robes. She was so devastated and angry that she unloaded on me.
It was as if God said to me, "Pick one, Dave. Which kind of person are you going to focus on?"
He closed by saying, "I realized both needed grace, but I felt called to the broken and not the uptight."
You go David Johnson! I'm right behind you!