Shame has no place in the church. In fact I would like to proclaim St John’s as a shame free zone. Ephesians 4:32 ‘And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another just as Christ has forgiven you.’
Last week I wrote about Mary Magdalene. She was the first person to see Jesus after the resurrection. The interesting thing about Mary was, not only that she was a women, but that she also had a very colourful past, being a prostitute before she met Jesus. Our world is full of broken people. In fact there are only two kinds of people: those who know they are broken and those who are broken and don’t know it. God wants us to know we are broken.
That’s why St John’s should be a no-shame zone; a place where broken people come when they hurt and have messed up; a place where they find acceptance and healing. The truth is that we shouldn’t just accept broken people, we have to actually want them among us and welcome them, just as they are.
We must know that every sinner has a future, and every saint has a past. So if you’ve messed up, if you’re broken and feel weak, then I want you to know that you are in the right place and are welcome at St John’s.