Christians are works in progress. I think all of us would admit that, yet even as we do, after 10 years of being part of over 20 different small groups, I’ve noticed that we don’t like to talk about it very much.
That’s not to say we never admit it. When the time is right and mood is set, we’re happy to talk about our lapses in quiet time or our failures to “put God first,” but when it comes to our struggles, feelings of inadequacy, lack of faith or just straight up sin, those things don’t come out all that much.
Why is that?
Being a Good Christian
Several years ago, a youth in my church asked me if God would still let her into heaven if she had sinned the day before. I explained, with many age-specific illustrations, that we were saved by grace, not by works, and that Jesus’ death canceled out the eternal consequences for our sins. I believe that her response, simple though it was, resonates with many Christians today: “But that was before I was saved. What…