Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:1-5
John Burke is the pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas and a few years ago he wrote a book entitled, No Perfect People Allowed. Gateway, under Burke’s leadership, seems to have grasped how to embrace those mired in the lost soup of today’s Western culture (at least in Austin) and for God’s people who are seeking an effective biblical approach, his book is a challenging read.
How does the 21st century church marry ministry and theology in order to communicate both the love and justice of God to a culture that has completely abandoned truth? What must our message be? How do we, as believers, properly balance grace and truth?
As simple as it may seem, the answer is in Christ Himself, not our comfort. Jesus did what had to be done in order for mankind to know His grace. He was the perfect balance. His churches must be the same.
What our world needs more than anything else is grace. Not more talk about grace, but grace that seeks out the lost people like Jesus does. Grace with skin on it because people are born to run from God without it. – John Burke