Oceanside, CA

5570 Old Ranch Road
Oceanside, CA 92057

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Sunday, 9:30am


Sunday, 9:30am

San Luis Rey Valley UMC

The Myth of Perfection

Oceanside Pier at Sunset

How perfect are you?  It’s a weird question to ask in modern American society, because we live in a world in which we’re highly encouraged(pressured?) to ‘perfect’ ourselves.  And yet, we also know that perfection is subjective as well as impossible.  Maybe that’s why I keep hearing advertisements for therapists.  That’s a situation ripe for feelings of anxiety and lack of control.

In our Genesis series we’re getting to see that our faith’s founding fathers (say that three times fast) weren’t exactly perfect.  In fact, they fall short as much as any of us.  This Sunday we’ll be looking at the second story of Jacob managing to fool his family into giving to him what society says should be his brother’s.  The fact that God seems to have predicted it, also seems odd.  But that’s a whole other blog. 😉But it is another example of someone in scripture acting less than ideal.  

So what do we do with this reality?  Maybe our church’s founder, John Wesley, had the best approach.  Since we envision Christ as our model; and we see him as perfect in some divine way, we might still seek perfection ourselves.  Because the pursuit of perfection is never fully successful, but it does often lead to progress.  If we can be comfortable with the reality that we can’t really be perfect, this approach might take us to good places.