I Do Not Care ~ Approaching Amnesty

I do not care how you got here. “The Kingdom of God is a ‘Come as You are’ party…”

Greetings Dear Reader,

From anger to shame, we all have reasons why we resist good things. We feel unworthy or dislike the source. We resist what we know is good for us because of reasons that do not make sense to anyone but us.

We also argue over mercy and grace. We think that there are people unworthy of mercy because we have gauged their wrongs more heinous than ours. This is one of those comparisons that uses the wrong standard. We compare our wrong to that of those we consider worse than us so that we feel better about ourselves.

What we must do is compare our very best to the goodness and love of the Father. If we are honest, we are found wanting. We do not measure up to his goodness and love. This is the very heart of mercy and grace. “The Father directs his love toward us in that whilst we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God does not care what is in our past. He already knew what we were going to do when he created the world. The reason that the cross is the turn of the tide and time is this very thing. Christ bridges all that was done and all that ever will be done from his painful purchase above the cursed ground. He hangs there for us to look up from any moment and see what was done to show how much we are loved.

He spans the entire history of humans and draws it to himself declaring that he does not care where you come from; he wishes you to come. He draws from wherever you are and asks that you see his pain is for your redemption. You need pay nothing. You do not have to fix this or that thing that is wrong with you. He asks that you see his offer and come as you are.

Whether you think that you are completely unworthy or believe that you are good enough, you are mistaken. He declared us both worthy and in need through his suffering on our behalf. We all need the gift of the Father’s mercy and grace purchased by the Son on that tree. For the record Dear Reader, I do not care what you have done. I am willing to follow with you. I am willing to walk with you. We can discuss this as much as you wish.

Come as You Are — Crowder

Come out of sadness

From wherever you’ve been

Come broken hearted

Let rescue begin

Come find your mercy

Oh sinner come kneel

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t heal

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens

Lay down your shame

All who are broken

Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home

You’re not too far

So lay down your hurt

Lay down your heart

Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless

And all those who’ve strayed

Come sit at the table

Come taste the grace

There’s rest for the weary

Rest that endures

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens

Lay down your shame

All who are broken

Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home

You’re not too far

Lay down your hurt

Lay down your heart

Come as you are

Come as you are

Fall in his arms

Come as you are

There’s joy for the morning

Oh sinner be still

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t heal

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens

Lay down your shame

All who are broken

Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home

You’re not too far

So lay down your hurt

Lay down your heart

Come as you are

Come as you are

Come as you are

Come as you are

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn

Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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