The church is for the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame, the people who have made bad mistakes, people who are not okay. The church includes messy people. The good news is Jesus is not afraid of messy people. Jesus doesn’t run from messy people; he runs to messy people. Therefore the church can’t be a place that says, “Once you become like us, and act like us – then you can become a part of us.” Everything about Jesus echoes his desire to leave the place of security and comfort to go to the dark places or the broken people. As believers, we reflect that attitude and willingness to go to them instead of expecting them to come to us.