I originally posted this back in Oct of last year…it seems, however, the more people I talk to, the more discontent the neuvo-Christian world seems to be with the Church. Do you want to know what I think God says about our discontent with the gossip in the next pew, or the number of hymns sung in the contemporary service, or the Bible passage that was preached on in the sermon this week? I think He says, “Go anyway. Love anyway. Connect anyway.” With that in mind, I think this is an appropriate repost…
“Loving the Church often seems close to impossible. Still, we must keep reminding ourselves that all people in the Church – whether powerful or powerless, conservative or progressive, tolerant or fanatic – belong to that long line of witnesses moving through this valley of tears, singing songs of praise and thanksgiving, listening to the voice of their Lord, and eating together from the bread that keeps multiplying as it is shared. When we remember that, we may be able to say, “I love the Church, and I am glad to belong to it.
Loving the Church is our sacred duty. Without a true love for the Church, we cannot live in it in joy and peace. And without a true love for the Church, we cannot call people to it.” – Henri Nouwen
We are imperfect reflections of God’s love and grace. Put a lot of us together in one body and the result can be A LOT of imperfection and A VERY LITTLE reflection of God. But this is what we are called to. To love, to be gracious, and to gather together- with all our good, bad and ugliness. When we are obedient to this duty, God takes all our strengths and weaknesses and uses them for His good, for His beauty. It’s only together that we can truly reflect God’s grace and love.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
– Hebrews 10:25
Have you been forsaking the sacred duty of loving the Church? Do you have Church wounds that need to be healed? Can we pray for you?