(NOTE: I thought long and hard about posting this. I hope it does not offend. I hope even more that the larger message is not lost. It is real life though. I believe it needs to stand as is. JO)
Cursing was common in my home growing up. We didn’t think anything of it. From time to time (especially when we were trying to head somewhere as a family) we would hear, “Get your sh** together!” Maybe someone was disorganized. Maybe they dragged their feet. Or, their life was just full of poor decisions. One’s sh** was obviously scattered about and needed gathering. It could also mean, “Snap out of it; start acting normally, responsibly.” This message, “Get your sh** together” is quite popular.
In the church, we would avoid saying those words. But, we often communicate the message. Recently, I heard that one of the most terrifying experiences is to visit a church or recovery group. Subtly to overtly, the “Get your sh** together” message comes through loud and clear. People are not welcome because their sh** is all over the place. They’re disgusting; they’re messy. Jesus never made this a requirement. We come to him because we can’t put our sh** together. And this will sound crass, but he puts our sh** together. On one hand, he hung out with the people who did not have their sh** together: prostitutes, tax collectors, sinners, goofy disciples, etc. He is the friend of sinners. On the other hand, he avoided the religious, the self-righteous, those who had their sh** together. It’s almost as if one had to realize their need before Jesus would be any good to them.
Romans 7:22-25 reads, “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” So, the Apostle Paul understood this too. And, he speaks as one who thought he had it all together, realized he didn’t, and Jesus put it together.
So, our attitude should be one of seeking Jesus to, well, put our sh** together. We add nothing to our salvation. We add nothing to our growth in Christ. It’s ridiculous to rely on ourselves. It’s even more ridiculous to make people clean up without Jesus before we’ll accept them.