Christians are supposed to be perfect.
Christians don’t screw up. You are screwed up first, then you become a Christian, then you are perfect.
There are hundreds of books about how to become a Christian despite your failures. We tend to uphold the “Christian” label as the best, the top, the penultimate.
The typical Christian book believes you to have grown up rejecting God, or maybe embracing the idea and being turned off by a hypocritical friend, a Christian who condemned your sinful actions while doing something sinful himself.
Then, you found yourself in a fine mess.
You drank and eventually became dependant.
You tried a drug and eventually became addicted.
You got a credit card and eventually found yourself in tremendous debt.
You got married and eventually things went wrong and now you’re alone.
You looked at pornography and eventually hired a prostitute.
You developed a self-image problem and eventually depression led you to suicidal thoughts.
Then, you find Jesus and all that stuff magically goes away.
And everyone lives happily ever after. This is the plan. You don’t deviate from the plan.
But this is not my story. My story is not the neat and pretty one.
My story, like many of yours, is ugly.
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