This popped up on a slide this week. I see it as quite a challenge rather than any pat on the back!
"If the world despises a notorious sinner, the church will love her.
If the world cuts off aid to the poor and the suffering, the church will offer food and healing.
If the world oppresses, the church will raise up the oppressed.
If the world shames a social outcast, the church will proclaim God’s reconciling love.
If the world seeks profit and self-fulfillment, the church seeks sacrifice and service.
If the world demands retribution, the church dispenses grace.
If the world splinters into factions, the church joins together in unity.
If the world destroys its enemies, the church loves them."
Philip Yancey - So what's so amazing about grace