Dec 04, 2013 |
Inside Out 279: Why We Eat Our Own
God forgives. This is the hope of Jesus Christ.
But have you noticed that Christians struggle to forgive each other? And the people we have the hardest time forgiving, it seems, are those in leadership.
That’s certainly Michael Cheshire’s observation. In fact, Michael thinks that the poor way we treat each other is actually a reason church attendance in the US is declining. People outside the church see that--even though we proclaim that God forgives sin--when a brother or sister sins--or a leader sins--we aren’t so gracious. In fact, Michael says, to people outside the church, it looks like we “eat our own.”
“Jesus was very clear: someday they’re going to know you’re my disciples not by the way you love me, but by the way you love each other,” Michael says. “And I think the world’s picking up on that.”
Michael’s the founding and senior pastor of The Journey Community Church in Conifer, Colorado and author of the soon-to-be released book “Why We Eat Our Own.” His Leadership Journal article “Going to Hell with Ted Haggard” is an excerpt from that book, and something we talk about in this recorded interview. Join us for this conversation about sin, forgiveness . . . and grace.
“I think there’s … more than I ever would have imagined, people who are saying, ‘We need to get this back in the church.’ And I realized later on it’s because most of us have an understanding that ‘there but by the grace of God go I,’” Michael says. “The only difference between me and Ted is my sins weren’t put on CNN.”
To listen to the conversation, click on the “Listen” or “Download” icon above.
To read the Leadership Journal article “Going to Hell with Ted Haggard,” click here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2012/december-online-only/going-to-hell-with-ted-haggard.html
For more information on Michael Cheshire or the book “Why We Eat Our Own,” go to: MichaelCheshire.com
You can also connect with Michael on twitter: Twitter.com/JourneyMike