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Come as you are

Along the same lines as this morning's previous entry, the cover quote for the upcoming Sunday's Order of Worship hit close to home:
Those who remain alone with their evil are left utterly alone. It is possible that Christians may remain lonely in spite of daily worship together, prayer together, and all their community through service—that the final breakthrough to community does not occur precisely because they enjoy community with one another as pious believers, but not with one another as those lacking piety, as sinners....However, the grace of the gospel, which is so hard for the pious to comprehend, confronts us with the truth. It says to us, you are a sinner, a great, unholy sinner. Now come, as the sinner that you are, to your God who loves you. For God wants you as you are, not desiring anything from you—a sacrifice, a good deed—but rather desiring you alone.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together


Good stuff.

I often wish more people would stop acting so perfect and be real with each other. Sigh.
That, by the way, is the true intimacy I was referring to in my most recent comment. We have to be real with each other, and remember to never condemn each other.

However, we also have to remember that as Christians, we are no longer sinners - we are saints! We are new creatures in Christ. The old has gone, the new has come. Instead of an attitude of (false) piety, we should have a humble joy at God's work in us. He has already done amazing things!