After reading an ‘article’ sent to my email, I feel the need to address an issue as it pertains to the ‘church’.
There is no perfect church (gathering). As long as there are people like you and me apart of such fellowships, it will be flawed. All of us are imperfect people being perfected and for that reason, no matter how skilled, talented, or anointed some of us may claim to be, bottom line is, we are still flesh and we WILL make mistakes.
There are hundreds of thousands of believers who are un-churched, for whatever reason. Blame the devil, blame the preacher, blame the choir, blame the lady on the first pew, or the child on the third row; we are forever finding some reason to jump ship. Notwithstanding, there are certain fellowships where you should dive out, head first and take your peeps with you, but for the most part, every inch of society is inundated with the same types of people you see in your local church. They are on your jobs, in your schools and even in YOUR HOUSE but you stay there don’t you!
There is a very strange phenomenon that people in the church are supposed to be flawless. Again, not a license for sloppy living, but a matter of truth. We enter church fellowships looking for Jesus in the flesh when He exists there in the Spirit. What that means is that He is available to those who WANT HIM and unavailable to those who don’t. In any given service, you will have those who are seeking after Him AND those running away from Him seated on the same pews and chairs as you.
The problem we are seeing in our church gatherings is that some are expecting from people WHAT THEY CAN ONLY GET FROM GOD! The preacher can’t save you with his preaching no more than the choir deliver you with their singing. YOU HAVE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to go after the Lord for yourself. If your aim to enter the fellowship is to see WHAT YOU CAN GET OUT OF IT, or WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU, you have already messed up. If you enter to compare this church with that church, you have already messed up because each fellowship is entirely unique from the other.
The baby cried too loud, the lady was mean to me, the usher forgot my napkin or they wrapped me up in a sheet because my hams were showing, the choir didn’t sing my favorite song, the preacher talked about me, the deacon forgot to shake my hand, are the many other sorry and lame excuses we use for abandoning the Houses of Faith which simply won’t cut it.
We are a spoiled generation. We want our churches to be accommodating to us. Make me comfortable. Make me feel good. Watch my baby while I praise, hold me while I shout, don’t ask me for money to support the ministry, and get me out of here by 1pm so I can shop my favorite mall. You have got to be kidding. And we wonder, and I speak as a prophet, why over half of our population is medicated, over half of our marriages end in divorce, our finances are jacked up, our relationships are screwed up, our sons die in the streets, our daughters are sexually confused and our personal lives seem shallow. Consider yourself.
This may not apply to everyone but if it does, praise God. As a pastor, I have heard just about every excuse in the book and it is sickening. Can’t get to church on time but at work on time. Can’t support the ministry but have every new gadget there is. Can’t find decent clothes to wear but have a closet full of ‘going out’ clothes. Can’t sit in church long but will pack a movie theatre and stadium out. Really? But I can’t find the right church! No, the problem is, You don’t want to BE the church!
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