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I’m just disappointed….

August 21, 2008

There has been a lot of buzz going on for the last couple of months surrounding a song written by Mike Guglielmucci called “Healer”. The first time I heard it I was captivated by it….and it stirred me. Much of the buzz about this song, however, surrounded the fact that the man who wrote it was dying of cancer…and he wrote it as a heart-cry to God in response to that news – he believed that God could heal him. That faith, that belief touched many as they heard the song and saw the video clip of Mike leading the song, sick and with oxygen tubes in his nose before a huge crowd of people… stirred them too!

Fast forward……and the news breaks here that Mike lied. He was never dying….he made it up. My personal blogsphere circles and twitter were BUSY yesterday with commentary and reaction to this news. People are sad….disappointed….angry…..turned off….compassionate…..cynical….there were a lot of emotions flying around.

And my response? I’m disappointed in Mike for feeling the need to lie and make such a story up when the song he wrote would have had an impact just because it’s a great song and it’s TRUTH….God can heal….God does heal. But bigger than that disappointment is the sadness I feel at some of the reactions coming out of the body of Christ in response. One person’s response that I saw was “I think the church should stop just showing grace to these nutjobs (like Todd Bentley) and start distancing ourselves from them…..Just admit you are a liar and repent. You don’t need therapy. You need a swift kick in the ass.” Wow guys, I was under the impression that it is ALWAYS the Church’s job to show grace to people who fail, and let us down, and sin. Showing grace doesn’t imply that we agree with what they did. Showing grace doesn’t send the message that it’s all okay and there aren’t consequences for our actions. Showing grace is, however, in my opinion not an optional part of the life of a Christ Follower…it’s what is required of us. The Bible was written by and full of stories of men who failed, lied, cheated, murdered, sinned in myriads of ways….and God showed them grace….and he shows us grace.

I think that what Mike did was serious….and sad….and disappointing, but it’s not an unforgiveable sin. God can redeem Mike and God can use this in ways that we can’t imagine. And my thoughts? Let’s pour on the grace church…..

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2008 8:24 am

    We need to show grace and compassion at this particular point in time.

    Is there any excuse for what he did ? Absolutely not. Is God’s grace, love and mercy still available to Mike? Absolutely.

    After all I do not know of one single person who has not made a mess of things and sinned.

    I really feel for Mike, his wife and his family. I know that God still has a great plan for Mike’s life… that’s just how amazingly good God is.

    I encourage all Christians to pray for Mike at this point in time and not to ridicule the guy…. there are enough people who are away from Christ who will be doing this.

  2. August 21, 2008 11:39 am

    Brad – I agree and pray that the overwhelming response that comes forward from Christians is redemtion and compassion….that makes Jesus look REAL because it isn’t a normal human response to “betrayal”!

  3. August 21, 2008 11:41 am

    Okay….I typed to fast and apparently can’t type the word Redemption…why doesn’t wordpress highlight misspelled words like Microsoft Word does? 🙂

  4. abi permalink
    August 23, 2008 2:14 am

    Hmm… I don’t know that its ALWAYS the churches job to show grace. Paul wrote in

    1 Corinthians 5:12-13

    12What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

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