There is a book, “Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning and Living” by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. The author dedicates the book to Chuck Colson, a follower of Christ, who is lauded as one who “kneels with those who stumble.”
Jesus knelt with those who stumbled on a regular basis. He hung around the outcast and fringes of society to such a level that He was accused of partaking in the activities of those with whom He kept company. He was, according to His contemporaries, a “friend of sinners.” Apparently, He didn’t care much what the religious types of His day thought about who He chose to hang with. He cared only that those who were set aside by religion knew they were loved and not set aside by God. He knew that if there was any hope for them to respond to God’s offer of redemption, someone needed to engage with them where they were, as they were. He knew that people needed to know that no one was beyond hope.
Do you really believe that yourself? Grace is a scandalous thing and is only as effective as our willingness to acknowledge that it is available to everyone, including and especially those who most would see as the most undeserving of it.
What are you doing to keep that message going? Do your interactions with the people around you speak loudly that hope, grace and forgiveness are available to everyone? That everyone, no matter how much they have stumbled, deserves a second chance?
Will you kneel with those who stumble?