It seems strange when I think about it that I've grown up around and in you from before I was even born. I've seen the good times, when the Spirit of God is so thick it feels almost tangible. When people come to know Christ in a new, fresh, revolutionary way. I've seen lives changed by You, touched by You, literally saved by You. And yet, I've seen the dark underside of You. The part that casts people out who don't conform to your idea of how you should look. I've seen you categorize and put people into cliques because it's easier than getting to know them and actually getting your hands dirty while helping them clean up their lives. I've seen lives torn apart because of the style of music, a misunderstood message, the types of chairs you have in your buildings, and even the color of carpet. I've seen how petty differences can cause even the most stoic to call for arms.
And yet, in all of this, I still see, glimmering over the horizon a bright light of hope. You are the method by which Christ has decided to spread His message. You are the hands that are called to bind up the broken hearted. You are the feet that are to be used to bring the hope of Christ to the world. Talk about a great challenge! Don’t back down, but embrace it knowing that God would not cal you to do this stupendous thing if He did not believe You could accomplish it. Be encouraged, be renewed, and be invigorated. Bring in fresh blood and give yourself a new life as you change the lives of the lost and hurting. Know that in all things that the One who stared this good work in you some 2000 years ago is faithful to complete it.
There will be times of growing pains, disease, and broken bones, but we know that we can always run back home to our Father who cares for us much more than we could ever imagine. Return to Him, Church, and let Him guide you in all you do.
Your friend and biggest advocate,
Pastor James Jackson