August 27 Monica “We Are A Mixture” 2 Thess. 3:6-10; 17-18 Matt. 23:27-32
“We want to present ourselves as a model for you,” Paul says. More darkly Jesus calls some religious leaders hypocrites.
Tonight as I wandered the Haight some of the young guys talked of what drugs they were using, who they were having sex with and all the things that are called “sin”. What I saw was simply guys living their lives with more honesty then most of us do. I am often asked if they can be loved by God because of thing things they do, and I assure them God loves them infinitely.
Paul presented himself as a “model”, but on the other hand was as big as a sinner as any of us. The model he presents is one who owns up to his sin, acknowledges the darkness in his life and keeps on aiming for the target.
I have been called every name in the world, told what a hypocrite I am, told I am going to hell, and I simply smile and think I am aiming for the target, and that is what we are all called to do–aim for the target. A young guy once said to me: “You must have done something awful to do this work, to hang out with us and take care of us.” I laughed and said “Sean I am the biggest sinner of all, and I am aiming for the target. “
Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!