I’ll be honest with you: I can be quick to say, “That person needs Jesus.” Truthfully, I need Jesus just as much (if not more sometimes) than when I make unhealthy comments like that. Yes, I’m a pastor. Yes, I love Jesus. But I’m far from perfect and if your pastor never admits where they struggle or fall short then, to me, that’s a red flag. I face temptations like anyone else. And every other pastor in the world does too. Recently, I’ve come to realize that instead of constantly praying for revival “in other people” I need to first be praying for revival within myself.
Recently, the 2018 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival (OMF) kicked off, and with it comes an influx of more than 40,000 people to our tiny little town in South Florida. So many are quick to judge rather than quick to love. I’m guilty too. When the first OMF happened a few years back, I was quick to judge. Wal-Mart was packed and sold out of many items. I, along with many other locals, were judgmental and angry because our norm was interrupted. The Gospel doesn’t wait for you to adjust to a new norm to share the Gospel with someone different than you. No, the Gospel is meant for all people, all over the world. That includes many different types of people. That doesn’t mean the Gospel message endorses certain lifestyles.
The gospel doesn’t wait for you to adjust to a new norm to share the gospel with someone different than you.
We can love people, no matter who they are or where t