The current trend of Church bashing hurts my heart. Just imagine how it makes Jesus feel!
Every time I read another blog about how bad the Church is or see a post on FB expressing disgust for the Church, I feel a punch-in-the-gut mix of sadness and bewilderment.
Nothing on earth is perfect. Not the Church, not you, not me. We’re all awaiting our final perfection. In the meantime, however, we’re what we’ve got and we’re who Christ loves and died for.
He died for the Church! She is His bride. He’s preparing a fantastic love feast of celebration for her. He’s preparing pure white robes for her to wear. Why are we taking potshots at the Church, His beloved? Why do we think He’s okay with that?
What groom would allow someone to talk smack about his bride?
Traditional, contemporary, house, denominational, non-denominational, store front, liturgical, progressive, emerging … take your pick. Go to whichever kind you like. But go happily and without bashing the others. If you see a problem in your church, ask God what the solution is and how you can be part of that solution. But don’t bash the Church.
It’s divisive, and God says we are not to be divisive. (Romans 12:16, 18; 1 Corinthians 1:10)
It’s unkind, and God says we are to exhibit the Spirit of kindness. (Galatians 5:22)
It’s rude, and God says love is not rude. (1 Corinthians 5:7)
If you’re genuinely super concerned about the Church, fast and pray. That’s where the power is. That’s where you’ll get discernment to know what to do. That’s the biblical pattern.
Jesus loves the Church. She represents Him on earth. I love Jesus. I’m part of the Church. You’re part of the Church.
I love the Church!
Always have. Always will.