I Hate My Church

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I hate my church. Normally, when people read or hear someone say that statement, a puzzled look happens. Then the path is followed. That person becomes an atheist, Rastafarian, or converts to Islam, or proclaim Christian is a white man’s religion so follow Horus. In a plot twist, some come back to following Christ – thank You Jesus!

But this is far different. I love God. The Church, the principle Christ established, His Body, I belong to that. The local church and I, however, there are about ten near me, we clash.

Think about what happens when you tell your local members that it is time for a change. You get, “Where will you go?” Or, “There is no perfect church?” And the catch all statement, “Pray about it some more.” Pray about what?

When did it become okay for The Body to accept less than perfect? Christ said, out loud, “You therefore are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).” But we have replaced production with perfection. The Sunday services, the Thanksgiving banquets, the toy drives have done little to perfect the saints.

All of those things and summer outings for the youth only produced temporary good feelings. But the leaders rarely walk with the people. We have gotten so comfortable with the social aspects of the local church, it has caused a great deal of discomfort of who God has called us to be. That is the real church hurt.

Local church goers can hide and local church leaders can look away. But we all go home, spiritually, emotionally, socially, sexually, psychologically, educationally, financially bound, wounded. This is why I hate my church. The Band-Aids and ice cream socials have only taped up the brokenness.

Now it is so easy for me to offer complaints. Fun too, admittedly. But rather than promote a mass exodus of your local church, I want to promote that we become a stronger voice in our local church.

1 Corinthians 12: 13-27, gives each member a voice. Bishops and pastors are the heads, but cats can look at kings. If there are things in your local church, like your community, that need to be improved on, offer your energy to what needs help. Make your voice really count.

Or you can silently hate your church.

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