A couple of days later, I am still moved by the Vicki Courtney post 4/19 and the overwhelming response it received from supportive, loving readers who acknowledge that 'all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God' and but for the grace of God it could be me (or my children).
I loved what Vicki wrote in her follow up post yesterday:
“If more people saw the brand of Christianity that was expressed by those leaving the comments, people would be beating our church doors down to get in.”
Isn't that the Truth? So, what is the problem? Why was this situation so remarkable? Why is it so unusual to find such overwhelming support in the wake of sinful choices?
I think it was because Vicki and her family were humble, honest and contrite that people were drawn to this story. They didn't sugarcoat reality, blame others, try to cover up the truth or respond with intense emotion that clouded their judgment. Their response was akin to what I would think Jesus would express: sorrow, grace and love.
I confess that I am too often the Prodigal's Older Sibling--frustrated that my 'goodness' is being overlooked for the sake of the one who has stumbled and is now returning to a glorious homecoming. Wouldn't it be a beautiful thing if we could all remember the grace we have received and extend it lovingly to others? This is the Message of Easter.
Let's live the Word we claim to believe. Let's apply God's Truth to our reality and love each other in a way that makes other people want what makes us different.