Come As You Are

Nick MartineauBlog

When I was in middle school the band Nirvana was what everyone was listening to. Nirvana wrote a catchy song called “Come As You Are” and I can still recall students awkwardly dancing to it at my first middle school dance.

The lyrics to “Come As You Are” state:

Come as you are, as you were

As I want you to be

As a friend, as a friend

As a known enemy

Take your time, hurry up

The choice is yours, don’t be late…

…Come doused in mud, soaked in bleach

As I want you to be

Take a rest as a friend…

Kurt Cobain, the front man for Nirvana, once said he wrote “Come As You Are” to state that “this is a damaged world and in my heart there is still room for everyone.”

I’m not saying Kurt Cobain is a leading theologian, but his words ring true to me and seem to echo the words of Jesus as well.

Jesus said, “whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” John 6:37b

I think it’s important to note what Jesus didn’t say when He said these words. Jesus didn’t say we must first get our act together, come dressed up, look and act a certain part. Instead, Jesus invites people to come to Him and promises He will never turn them away.

A Hopester recently shared, “When our church says come as you are, we mean it. No need for fancy clothes and no church experience required. Do you cuss, cheat and steal? Do you scream at your kids? Addicted? Doubter? Angry? Bad experience with church in the past? Or maybe life is going well? Come as you are!”

We know it’s a damaged world we live in, and we have room in our hearts for everyone to join us.

This coming weekend is Easter, and we at Hope want to invite all people to join us and to come as you are.