When people say “church” there are so many things that many people say/think, and it seems these things are mostly negative. This can be an extremely volatile subject, with many people feeling judged, unwelcome, and rightfully pissed off by actions of people in the church. The humanity behind the “church” is a big huge mess, it’s at times so sickening I don’t know how the Church has even survived this long, but then I realize, that’s just it, it didn’t “survive” it’s been supported the whole time, supported by our God. The Church is His design and it remains and continues to serve its function even in an apparently disgusting state.
This isn’t a post about “why you should go to church”, it’s a post about looking at the church differently, not for the failures that humanity has done but for the love that God has for it. Yes, it is true that there are many distortions, many things that are not “right”, and these things make trusting the Church almost impossible. So, here’s my challenge, DON’T TRUST THE CHURCH, trust God, trust he is in control. Trust that God, who is working in you, is also working in the Church he created and supports more than 2,000 years later.
Will you feel judged? Probably.
Will terrible things (divorce, secrets, hurt) happen? Yes, the Church is made of humans.
Will you be annoyed, angry, and want to walk out? Probably, at times, and maybe for whole seasons at a time.
Will you seek out true and authentic relationships with others? – That’s your choice.
Will these authentic relationships hurt at times? Most likely.
Will these authentic relationships bring joy? Yes.
Will you see Jesus in these people? Yes and you’ll see humanity’s state, fallen.
This is iron sharpening iron.
This is unconditional love.
This is fellowship.
This is humanity.
This is community.
This is discipleship.
This is His Church, where we grow in character through God’s love, grace, and mercy through OTHERS.
This is the dirty Church.
Don’t let others walk over you, but remember to give grace, walk the high road (humility), and give people an honest, patient, chance to be loved and receive love. Remember… we’ll be together forever, live like it now! Most of all PEOPLE don’t have power, only God does, allow Him to speak, and if someone says something that offends you, just remember, we are above those offensive words and those words hold no power.
And one final thing… The Church is not your pastor, the administrators, the volunteers, the ministry teams, the prayer team, the sermons, the small groups, the walls, the chairs, the music, or anything else we tend to see/do/be in church, the Church is us, we make the Church and God is the head… and last I checked, he still loves the Church. So don’t give up on it, live it, breathe it, and be with God through it.