it’s ok to not be ok, but it’s not ok to stay not ok

Posted: August 18, 2008 in Christianity
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There are certain phrases that I use over and over with my youth group that really capture what I feel is the essence of pure, raw Christianity. I previously posted about one here.  The phrase I want to talk about in this post is “it’s OK to not be OK, but it’s not OK to stay not OK.” I can’t claim making this one up. I’m almost positive I read it somewhere but can’t recall who said or where I heard it. Convenient, huh?

The first part of this – “it’s OK to not be OK” – is extremely important for Christians to embrace. Unfortunately for a lot of churches, Sunday morning service has become a self-indulgent fashion show where we can show off how pious we are, how well we have our lives together and how color coordinated our children can be. Churchgoers seem all to happy to paint on the facade, ignore their issues and “play” church. The problem is, this flies in the face of how Jesus tells us ministry should be when he said ““Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Why act like everything is OK when its not? Sure, we shouldn’t mope around the church building depressed and angry, but we shouldn’t lie either. There should be freedom in our services to admit to oursleves and others that we all have needs. But for many instead of singing “Just As I Am,” we really sing “Just As I Want You To Think I Am.” The church is a hospital, not a country club. We are there because we need more of Jesus, not because we already have enough of Him. It’s OK to not be OK!

…But its not OK to stay not OK. Once we can freely admit our faults and shortcomings, its not fine to stay and wallow in them. God desires transparency in his people, but he doesn’t allow purposeful sin to continue. There seems to be a grace period he gives us while his spirit changes us. But the Bible is clear that those who have made peace with their sin and practice lawlessness (with no attempts to remove it from their lives) are outside His will. You, Christian, are not allowed to stay bound in sin. Jesus didn’t die so you could remain spiritually sick.

it’s OK to not be OK, but it’s not OK to stay not OK. Quick, say that 5 times real fast. 🙂 Its sort of a tongue twister, but I believe its the key to true spiritual growth while celebrating freedom in Christ.

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