Yancey opens with the story of a prostitute with a child, to feed her drug addiction she has taken to "renting" out her two year old for money. Yancey asks her about attending church, her reply is that why would she go to a place that would make her feel bad, she feels bad enough about herself already.
Yancey states that he is now legally bound to turn her in, which I hope he did for IMO he is more than legally bound, he is morally bound to do so.
Putting aside her legal responsibility and assuming the child is no longer in danger, how might you respond to her if she were to walk through the doors of your church? How do you think Jesus would have handled the situation?
I was really challenged by this portion of the book. It was hard hitting and also...hit close to home as my youngest, if she'd fallen through the cracks, could have very likely been the two year old in this story.
It. challenged. me.
If the mother walked through the doors of my church, would hope that I would be able to put my window face on freeze. That my immediate gut-level horror to her story would not have shown louder than God's whisper on my heart for grace to move and show her His love.
What is amazing to me, and honestly, sometimes INFURIATING as well, is that He loves, no matter how vile the offender. He looks through the offense to the heart of the one in such desperate need of Him. He did it for me...and so...I must be compelled to do it for others.
That does not mean He does not dismiss the sin, but that He does not let it repel Him. People are repelled, Christ's grace moves towards what repels us. I want to be like Christ...and that will mean I be uncomfortable sometimes...and also, I will fail... but I want to fail less and feel uncomfortable more.