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Are You Good Enough for God?
KD, Youth Leader

It's a typical scene...a group of kids at the mall, dressed in all black, high leather combat boots, holes in their stockings, pink hair cut in a mohawk, dog-collar and chains, and maybe even a few tattoos thrown in for good measure. This is one big group of losers, right?

As you watch more closely, you see another kid show up, and join the group among hard embraces, smiles, and love. You realize they really aren't that much different from the rest of us. They need and embrace acceptance, attention, caring.

What if you knew that 3 of them were in a weekly bible study at school? What if you knew that those 3 were trying to reach the others with the Love of Christ, despite their attire, tattoos, funky hair, and "wild attitude". Would that shock you? Would you say that they aren't worthy of God's Love?

The apostle Paul tells us that we are all Citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20), which means ALL ARE WELCOME. Now, this doesn't mean ANYTHING GOES, but anyone that desires to accept the gift of Jesus Christ is accepted, despite their outer appearance. God only sees the heart.

Why as Christians do we insist on protecting God? Would you feel comfortable inviting one of these kids to church with you? If so, why not? Would they not be accepted? Would people think they aren't good enough to be in God's House because of how they look. Maybe. God doesn't need a protector. His message is love, forgiveness, acceptance, and that Love is not dependent on starched shirts, clean skin, and prim and proper hair.

Remember when you were in grade school and played sports on the playground where teams had to be picked? Each team had a captain and he or she picked a kid at a time. How did it feel to be the first one picked? The last one? God will pick you first every time, no matter how good you are, what you look like, how high you can jump or how fast you can run. That is how powerful His love is.

So, the next time you are in the mall and you see these kids, remember that they are children of God. We are called to love them just as Christ loved the church. Who are you bringing to Church this Sunday? Who are you praying for?