Words from the Pastor

July 2015

One of the things I love about the Presbyterian Church of Broomfield is that we are a community that is trying hard to hold on to both grace and truth.

As a friend of mine once said, “Truth without grace will result in a church that is hammering people over the head with what God says to be true. Grace without truth will result in a church that is ‘patting people on the head’ telling them to do whatever they want because ‘all is forgiven’.”

Many Christians (and many churches) seem to favor one over the other. But as a pastor, it is essential that I try to teach what God says to be true, admit that all of us have fallen short of it, and make clear that while we all deserve condemnation for our sin, God loves us and that we are forgiven through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our job is to figure out how to be full of grace and truth.

If you let go of truth, you start to see yourself and others in a way that doesn’t line up with what the Lord says about you and others. You begin to define yourself and value yourself differently that how God values you. You figure that you are pretty much free to define and decide your own destiny, and really, “anything goes,” both now and into eternity.

If you let go of grace, you also start to see yourself and others in a way that doesn’t line up with what the Lord says about you and others. You can never see how God could possibly forgive you and others. If you can’t forgive yourself, how in the world could God? You begin to live the lie that there is no hope, and no means of getting right with God.

It is strange how letting go of truth or letting go of grace puts us all in the same predicament. We end up seeing ourselves and others in a way that doesn’t line up with what the Lord says.

Our job is to figure out how to be full of grace and truth.

Honestly, I am not sure if we will ever be able to completely figure it out. We often tend to favor one side over the other. However, the best place to start is to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,” and to strive with everything we have to live our lives like him. There will be mistakes along the way, but the end result will change you and me…and our church...and others who might be watching.

-Pastor John