Stripping Down to See the Heart
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34-35
The lineup of people snaked around and around inside an endless queue. Passengers of all ages, sizes and nationalities mingled indiscriminately as we waited for our turn to pass through security. As we got closer to the officers and x-ray machines, we each began the ritualistic stripping of layers.
Boots, jackets, jewelry, belts; they all came off.
We lined up again. Toes poked through holes in socks of both economy and first class travelers. It appeared that cotton is no respecter of persons; a leveling of playing fields for sure.
Minutes later we awkwardly stood side by side, grabbing our personal belongings and redressing in silence. Eyes downcast, strangers scrambling to shove Ziplocked toiletries back into concealed spaces, a few people hopping in place as they struggled to slip back into their shoes.
Layers back on, the mob broke up as we headed in different directions to find our own gates with much more confidence and a whole lot less transparency than moments before.
Now, I’m a bit of a strange person, but here’s what went through my head as I watched this unfold around me: what if we were to strip down to the bare sock level as we entered our churches? What if we dropped all airs of earthly labels and status and came, just as we are, masks left in beat up plastic bins to be claimed later? Would we even want to retrieve them after worship or would we be relieved to be rid of them? Would our worship look any different?
Does your church already function like that? Would a cross section of your friends result in a variety of people...or are we clustering and dividing ourselves in different ‘Christian classes?' Do we connect with those who come from different possibly "sorted" pasts?
Christ’s blood does not discriminate—I would think it grieves Him when we do. Reach out to someone today and show them His unconditional love.
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