I was coming home from a church Christmas party in 2013 when I heard the news that Beyoncé had released a surprise album complete with a music video for each track. I spent the night listening to each song carefully and watching the artistry of each music video. I love pop music and I’ve always loved Beyoncé, but with this album the queen stepped up her game!
Her feminist anthem ***flawless featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie quickly became my favorite from the album. On this track Beyoncé fiercely stakes a claim in the pop culture feminist conversations (which there were quite a few in 2014!).
I still love the song, but as I think about Christian discipleship I wonder about the aspirations of desiring to be flawless. Jesus Christ, in whom we know and experience God’s love, didn’t come into the world when we were perfect and flawless. Instead God meets us in our flaws and imperfections. Christian discipleship isn’t about perfectionism and flawlessness, but it is about God’s grace and mercy in our flaw-full existence.
Through our failures and flaws we experience the transforming grace of God and get back up and try again. This Sunday we are continuing our series on where is God in our failures. My hope is that we will be people who don’t aim to be flawless, but instead be gracious and prayerful with each other as we grow together flaws and all!