I was talking with one of my friends last night and she said something profound. It wasn't the first time I've heard this, but it struck a new cord:
What if we looked at the church more as a hospital for sinners in need of healing and redemption...
Would this change how we deal with:
the list could go on and on...
but, seriously, when we are asking ourselves and others to change ingrained patterns in our lives, messy stuff comes out. As a community with the love of the Christ and power of the Holy Sprit, change can and will happen, but it won't be easy and it will take work