I have struggled and struggled as I write these thoughts. I’ve thought about this a lot. Why does it seem that so many people are being hurt, wronged, burned, or ostracized by the church? It has become such a battle cry. And I’m reading or hearing this too many times, “I’ve been wounded by the church!”
Then I’m seeing some Christians that just can’t resist posting on facebook and websites what jerks we’ve all been. Don’t get me wrong; there are many things the church needs to own up to and apologize for. I’m not talking about the serious cases of abuse those are just a given.
If I didn’t know better or if I were a casual bystander, I would think the church is evil, just pure evil. The church isn’t evil; the church is made up of human beings! I know what it’s like to be hurt by the church. I’ve been there too.
If you think of your church like any other building then it probably doesn’t mean much to you. So it’s easy for you to complain and post negative things about it. If it goes under, you don’t care because you didn’t invest any of your time into it. You sat on the sidelines.
But there are those of us who have invested our heart, soul and life into it. And it hurts deep within the very depths of our being when we see so many posts, articles and people criticizing what we love.
It’s like our kids. We invest time and love into them and many times they hurt us. Will we quit being their parents? Absolutely not! Too much invested in them. My sweet husband can irritate me to no end. Has he ever said something that totally crushed my heart or disappointed me? Yes, but my love for him is so much deeper than that fleeting comment. Will we talk about it and get it worked out? Absolutely. That’s unconditional love. Too many years, a promise and a vow to each other to just throw it away. The closer you get to anything, the more flaws you see. The more emotionally involved we are the more emotionally wounded we are too.
When we say negative things to unbelievers we may be hindering their opportunity to have a relationship with Christ. This isn’t something flippant – this is eternal and it goes deep within my very being! Christians have got to stop criticizing the church! We’re the problem because we are the church!
How are we going to share the love of Christ if we’re criticizing other Christians? The most important decision they will ever make is to know for sure they are going to heaven.