Monday night team deep went to a pastor's appreciation dinner for the west michigan district of the Wesleyan church, and it turned out to be much more scandalous than anyone could have ever expected. One pastor invited a pair of friends he had come to know from Dr. Grinn's comedy club. They were not pastors, in fact they were not exactly the church type, but they were there to make us laugh. Most of us laughed, but due to one of them sharing some less than church worthy material, everyone was a bit shocked. His mic was cut and he walked off stage amidst an extremely awkward silence. There are a million things to discuss from this night, but I will say a few things. Thank you Chad for doing what we as Christ followers are called to do. You have loved those far from Christ and you brought Jesus to them. You invited the unchurched into the church, and when they didn't act the part, a lot of people's reaction was rude and cold at best. It broke my heart. Maybe not the best event for what took place, I agree, but I pray that these two gentemen did not leave chewing a bitter pill of religion. Thank you to the few pastors who immediately recognized the frigidness in the air, and warmly shook hands, hugged and thanked the two comdians for being with us. Jesus loves people where they are at, we are called to do the same. It may not always be easy or comfortable, so I pray this night of uncomfort will challenge all involved to look in the mirror. How will we react to opportunities for love and acceptance?
Shocked into reality