For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard the expression: Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. It’s a true statement (in my view), but like many expressions Christians use, people outside the faith find such assertions annoying and even insulting.
First, the statement proposes human beings need to be forgiven. Second, unbelieving individuals may feel the statement carries an implicit accusation against them.
In answer, I speak only for myself: I needed forgiveness. Furthermore, knowing my own need for forgiveness, hurling accusations at anyone else would be asinine.
I do acknowledge what Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father [God] but through me.” (John 14:6, NASB) I know that’s a harsh statement to many. It’s offensive! People understandably react angrily when confronted by such absolutism!
The purpose of this post isn’t to debate the validity of the “Christians aren’t perfect …” expression nor to argue the claims of Christ. Instead, as someone who has experienced forgiveness, I know I’ll never be perfect, yet I am glad to know I’ve been forgiven! The forgiveness I’ve received enables me to understand we’re all imperfect. We’re all in the same boat, so to speak. Continue Reading →