As pastors, theologians, and teachers we have a tendency to put up barriers.
The goal is for God to come in; Jesus’ name means, “God with is.”
But we don’t want God to be with us.
We want God to be away from us.
SInce the Garden, we have been running from God, throwing up barriers to keep him out.
We say all of these barriers are to protect our holiness or to ensure our purity.
But what are they really, but self-constructed safe rooms?
Constructed to keep us in
And to keep God out.
But if we think that will work, we are fooling ourselves.
There is a reason that God’s enemies ask the rocks to fall on them.
They cannot bear to be in his presence.
They would rather be buried alive, than to come face to face with their holy Creator.
But those of us who are “friends of God,” do not act much different.
When we sin, we think God is done with us; that he no longer wants to be at home in us.
When we erect prohibitions and restrictions that God does not call for, we are not just keeping God away from others, but also from ourselves.
It is our pride.
We do not want grace to reign; it is too unpredictable and we cannot control it.
We would rather live in our religious boxes, worship in our religious services, and stay safe in our religious fellowships.
Rather than to let the barriers down.
And let God in.
Over two thousand years ago, a group of religious leaders did their best to keep themselves and everyone else away from God.
Two thousand years later, in churches all across the Western world, not much has changed.
It’s time to stop trying to appease and pacify God.
Jesus has already done that through his death and resurrection.
It’s time to starting letting God in; letting him have his rightful place.
Because if we don’t, he will take it anyway.
Grace and Peace