In today’s world, the church-going man is often viewed as humble, dutiful, weak and above all, nice. By this definition, there are no earthy, working guys in church.
But what about the men of the bible? Think of Moses and Elijah, David and Daniel, Peter and Paul. They were lions, not lambs—take charge men who risked everything in service to God. They fought valiantly and spilled blood. They spoke their minds and stepped on the toes of religious people.
These guys were leaders, tough and battle scarred. They were both respected and feared. All of these men had two things in common: they had an intense commitment to God, and they weren’t what you’d call saintly.
At 19 years old, God got ahold of my life and rocked my world. The changes that happened in my life through a relationship with Christ have been nothing short of miraculous. Jesus changed how I view myself, how I view others, how I spend my time in giving to others instead of taking from whoever I can.
Of all the things that God has changed in me and around me, the one thing that is still the same is that feeling that I am on the outside looking in, still sitting in the back row.
Growing up I felt like the back row might have been a place of seclusion. But as an adult, I see that the back row is full of plenty of people just like me. People who have a different outlook on life, a different approach to their everyday situation, people who need Jesus just like everyone else but might not find Him in the way that the church tells them to.
With of all of us being different, why do we think that there is only one way to share God with others? With some of us sitting in the front row and some of us in the back row, we are all going to have a different journey of faith. But the truth is no matter how you started your journey we all have the same job to do…
In Matthew 28 Jesus gives us the Great Commission “to make disciples of all the nations”. This means the people who are just like us and those who are a little different.
In Acts 1 Jesus tells us to start local and then go “to the ends of the earth”. I think lots of us read this and think I need to go somewhere to share about Jesus. I believe some folks are called to go to the far corners of the Earth to share Jesus. But I know we are all called to share Jesus right where we are at. You might be willing to go to distant lands, but are you willing to go to the back of the room, to the street, to the neighbor or to that guy that doesn’t look like a “Jesus-follower.”
Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 9:22-23 to do what we need to do we are to be “All things to all people”. This means that we find different ways to reach different people. We are not called to tell others to change and then we will share Jesus love.
My desire is to reach the rest of my fellow outsiders, rebels, odd balls, outcasts and everyone else sitting in the back row of life. Or maybe help you reach the person in your life who might not fit into societies social norms.
If you are reading this and you are like me and you’ve always felt a little different or like “religion” might not be your thing. I’m glad you are here. Poke around and read a few things, I would love start a conversation with you.