You know what I don’t like? Exclusion.
People being left out, being made to think they’re not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not (fill in the blank) enough. Not worthy.
You know who else doesn’t like that? God.
But, for real. See, we Christians tend to get our panties up in a bunch, thinking we’ve got it all together. We tend to view the world as “us” and “them”. We roll eyes, look down upon and degrade.
We believe the lie that we’re somehow better than those who don’t know Jesus…as if we deserve the very breath and life He’s so graciously given. As if we’ve done something to earn His salvation. His favor.
And this is just what Jesus hates. This exclusionary, pompous attitude. This entitled worldview that is utterly toxic and entirely unbiblical.
“…He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” – 2 Peter 3:9b
Did you catch that? Everyone.
Wait, so like, the people that are basically good and maybe mess up occasionally?
Um, nope. Last I checked those people don’t exist (Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God).
God wants everyone.
The working mom.
The stay-at-home mom.
The homeschool kid.
The public school kid.
The right-to-life chick.
The gay pride guy.
The broken teen.
The unfaithful husband.
The bitter sister.
The awkward uncle.
God wants us all. Everyone single last one of us.