Bringing an End to Breaking the Broken
December 30, 2015 | Posted in: Love
As I survey the landscape of my life over the last ten years, I can’t help but marvel. I have been the youth pastor’s wife, fallen from grace, turned newly divorced single mom. I’ve come to your churches as that newly single woman, as the teacher who struggled to support herself, to put food on the table or buy Christmas presents. I’ve been your Olive Garden server at night while I taught your students by day. I’ve been the step-mom part of the newly blended family and, last but not least, the woman battling for health. And I couldn’t help but notice how you’ve looked at me as I’ve played each of these various roles, how you’ve treated me as I journeyed with the least of these in different forms and fashions.
A woman in an online immune deficiency group to which I belong shared this week that she is battling multiple illnesses. (This is common with immunodeficiency as it makes you more prone to autoimmune disorders) She’d been too ill to even bathe herself. As a result, her doctor ordered a home health nurse to come and help her with bathing and other activities of daily living. Upon opening the door to greet the nurse for the first time, the nurse scoffed, “Well, you sure don’t look sick.” While bathing the woman, she harshly instructed her that she should be, “Praying that God would heal her.” After the nurse left, the woman called the nursing agency and asked that the “Christian” nurse never return.
Friends, this must stop. If I sound angry, it’s because I am. I’m sick to my stomach over how we treat the least of these in Christ’ name. How quickly we forget that he leveled the playing field. How quickly we forget that he said it was “but for the grace of God that we don’t all perish” and that we are all sinners in need of a Savior.
Friends, this thing where we decide that our neat cleaned up lives make us somehow superior must come to an end.
There is no Jesus in it whatsoever.
We must end this. Right. Now.
Enough with the “there are those people with a lot of problems and then there is me.”
Wrong answer. There is mankind. All of which God’s heart so ached for, he sent his one and only son to redeem. His motivation was love.
Are we motivated by love? Or does fixing people motivate us? Can I tell you that these are two totally different things? Love heals every brokenness. Fixing people communicates judgment. Click To Tweet What posture are you approaching the broken with?
Week after week, I pour my heart out and it all comes down to the same few sentences, over and over again.
Please stop breaking the broken. Please stop looking at them with disdain. Please stop thinking you are better. Please stop fixing and please start loving, because love heals regardless of the brokenness.
Does anyone hear me?
Do you hear me?
Whether it’s the sick, the newly divorced, the single moms, the blended families, the homeless, the prostitute—can we please stop meeting them with this detached superiority that says, “I am better than you because I’ve stewarded my money, gifts, and choices in wiser ways than you.” Instead, can we please let our hearts be broken for them? Please?
In the church, as well as the medical field, I have received the best and worst care, the most love, and the most judgment. This ought not be.
Please. Can we ask the Lord to give us his heart, his eyes, his love for the broken?
Can we be done fixing? Can we start loving?
Yes, love may be tough. Yes, love must include healthy boundaries. But we must assume a different posture entirely.
Jesus, give us your eyes! Give us your heart! Rid us of this judgment and this superiority, we don’t want to live another day like this. We know that you don’t give your love in pieces, only to those you deem worthy. We don’t want to, either. Jesus, help us to love like you. In Jesus name, amen.
Would you join me? Would you be a champion for the least of these? Would you spread the word?
Together, we can let God’s love flow through us and heal the broken.