There are people who do not go to church.
Some have been hurt.
Some see hypocrisy.
Some don’t believe in God.
So many reasons.
So many experiences.
And God cares about them all.
You may have heard “there is no perfect church”. This is true. But it is not an excuse.
It is often said in situations of conflict so those who have been hurt will realize things happen and the Bible encourages us to forgive, turn the other cheek, pursue peace, guard against division, and basically, let it go.
I agree and I have personally found peace in every situation, whether resolved or not.
Yet, I believe we should be very careful to examine our motives if we are in a conflict and we know we have hurt people with our words or actions. If the burden is quickly placed on the recipient of that hurt to just move on, it may be cause to take a step back.
There are scriptures telling us to be humble, bear one another’s burdens, and serve one another … all wrapped up in fervent love.
This love we should have is defined by the love God showed to the world through placing himself between us and the deadly consequences of sin separating us from God forever.
This is huge. And if we find ourselves getting off track, not always loving the way God wants us to, I think we are in big trouble.
And so, the Church, the people, should be representatives of this love which is immersed in gentleness and humility.
We do this because we love God and aren’t we the light to the world?
It’s not about our ability to move mountains, prophecy, and understand all mysteries.
It’s not about giving everything to the poor or dying a martyr.
All things that would get the world’s attention.
It is only about love. Are we humbling ourselves and allowing God to clean up our oh-so-easily-straying-heart?
Jesus humbled himself when he loved the world through his death.
If we are not humble, do we really love?
And are we growing and maturing into that perfect Church?
It’s interesting how much the world will expect from the Church. That’s because there is something unspoken, yet powerful that speaks to the world.
We must get it right.
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