Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
I know a lot of people disappointed with “the church.”
I don’t know of a perfect church out there; ours included.
There is always a point – or sermon – I disagree with, music that I don’t like, people that I don’t know, looks that feel judging, practices that confuse me, etc., etc.
They probably feel the same way about me! And you.
I’ve attended many churches of several denominations. In fact, I was in a church today with some things I fully agreed with and some teachings that … uhm, no!
I know that even if I planted a church there would be music that I don’t like, people would show up that I didn’t know, some looks that would feel judging, practices that confuse me, and I’m certain I would disagree with something in my own sermons!
It’s true, there are better churches and worse churches. In fact there are some churches teach and practice terribly confused, blind and or ignorant things, but “the church” is still Jesus’ bride.
Think about that a moment.
Marriages are supposed to follow the model of sacrificial love Christ offers “the church”: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy…without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” 1
Clearly “the church” is not perfect, but no “wife”, no person, no community, no church is.
BUT, like any devoted husband, Jesus wants us to see the best in his bride, he want the best for his bride and he wants us to offer what his bride needs for them to have a happily-ever-after marriage.
I feel the same way about church that I feel about public education: If all the good people left who is gonna help them grow and change? God uses flesh and blood people like us to catalyze change. Be a part of the solution. Catalyze. Fight down the spirit of discontent and cynicism.
#mysilentscream: If you left “the church” who’s gonna bring your unique combination of insights, gifts and experiences? No one.
1 – Ephesians 5:25-27, NIV