DayBreaks for 01/12/15 – Sinners All We would like to think that the church is a wonderful, peachy place. We want it to be. We want it to be a place where people are always kind, loving, selfless, always thinking of the best of others, always saying what is encouraging and uplifting. We would like it to be a place where sin is never on display.
One of the things that keeps those who are not believers from becoming disciples of Christ is the way the church people behave and treat others. Am I permitted to say that I totally understand? As a former pastor of a church, I’ve seen both the most wonderful and touching of examples of Christ-like love, and I’ve seen (and personally felt) the deepest disappointment and pain that is caused by those you trust (and who are your brothers and sisters) who do and act in incredible ungodly ways.
One of the things about which I always cautioned new believers was that becoming believers wouldn’t take away all the struggles they have had, nor should they expect the church (the people) to be perfect. Why would we expect anything else? Probably because: 1) we want it to be perfect so badly, 2) we have far too long pretended to be perfect in the church.
Can we be honest here for a moment? A Christian marriage is nothing more (or less) than two sinners living together. Christian organizations are nothing more than a group of sinners working together. In reality, the church is no different – it’s made of people, people who are sinners.
This is no way gives the church a free pass or excuse. There is no excuse for things like pride, ego, selfishness, power grabs. But those things happen in churches…because they happen in the lives of the members of the church.
If you are staying away from church because of the sin of the people in the church, that is, quite honestly, a pathetic excuse because you are not perfect either. The old saying holds: “If you are looking for and find the perfect church, you’ll ruin it when you get there.
It is true that what you are and what you do affect those outside the church. Be honest – about your sinfulness. Be done with hypocrisy and pretenses of perfection. Realize that how you act and what you say makes a difference to those who are not members of the Lord’s family. And look to your own life before pointing the finger at others.
PRAYER: Jesus, we don’t want to keep others from coming to you. We long for your church to be more perfect. Help us to understand that we can help it be more perfect by being more like you in all we say, think and do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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