This is from Elaine Woods, our Children’s Minister.
Why is it that people at church are more comfortable talking to others about weddings, new babies or hairstyles but avoid asking them about their unemployment, divorce, or addiction?
Do you know that in your congregation you will find people who have lied, stolen things, or have had extra-marital affairs?
You will also find parents who’ve had to bury their children.
Just because people come to church doesn’t mean that sin and suffering aren’t a part of their life.
I find it ironic when people who don’t attend church expect those that do to be perfect. It’s just the opposite.
Church should be a place where we can freely let our guard down as we grow and develop our faith.
If we truly are a “church family,” then we should act like a family. Families accept and love each other regardless of differences or disappointments. They share what’s happening in their lives, and provide bits of wisdom to help each other along the way. But mainly, they are there for each other. Whether they see each other every week, or perhaps take a few years off, families have a bond.
I understand it’s uncomfortable to talk to someone you barely know about personal issues.
But what about the person you have seen at church every week for the last few years?
Have you taken the time to get to know them?
Jesus came to earth to show us how to live. His parables, miracles, and words were meant to guide us on our path of reconciliation with God.
It is only through Christ that we can accept God’s love and wisdom and thus, give it to others.
We become conduits of love.
Christ love flows into us, changes our hearts and minds, and prepares us to serve others.
If we try to do this on our own, our egos or insecurities get in the way.
This is what the future church should resemble.
A community of faith that forms followers of Christ, depends on fellowship with other Christians for support, accountability, and unity, and finds areas to serve and give back to the world.
It doesn’t care for worldly values, attitudes, or what the neighbors think. It doesn’t exist to make you feel better. It should change your thinking which in turn will change your behavior.
It will create Disciples of Christ.