Church, I believe that’s what they call me.


Hello my name is church,

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am…

Boring

Shallow

Cheap

A waste of time

 

You’ve heard that I am full of

 

Hypocrites

Clowns

Greedy people

The self- righteous

 

Maybe you have visited me before and discovered there are

 

Arrogant people

Dysfunctional ways

Unapproachable Preachers

Complacent Members

 

Maybe you needed me and I was

 

Too narcissistic

Too righteous

Too broken

Too blind

 

Maybe you joined me and found I was

 

Distant

Demanding

Dull

Preoccupied

 

Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by

 

Business meetings

Committees

Teams

Bureaucracy

 

Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody

 

Called

Cared

Noticed

Invited you back

 

 

Perhaps your experience has driven you to

 

Speak negatively of me

Swear to never come back to me

Proclaim that no one needs me

Believe you’re better off without me

 

 

If this is true, I have something to say to you

 

I’m sorry

I was wrong

I blew it

I made a huge mistake

 

But remember, I never said my name was

 

Perfect

Flawless

Complete

Arrived

 

My name is church. I welcome the

 

Hypocrite

Dry

Self-righteous

Shallow

 

I welcome the

 

Sincere

Passionate

Forgiving

Selfless

 

I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you

 

Angry

Uncomfortable

Impatient

Self-conscious

 

But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room. In the Old Testament there was a division between the

 

Gentile

Jew

Man

Woman

 

In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was

 

Shamed

Beaten

Killed

Resurrected

 

 

Which is far worse than being

 

Bored

Uncomfortable

Embarrassed

Ignored

 

So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people

 

Challenge you

Sharpen you

Strengthen you

Humble you.

 

I can’t promise you that the people will be great.  This is church. It’s not

 

Heaven

Paradise

Beulah Land

The Celestial city

 

Come back.

 

God wants you here

The body needs you here

The world needs your witness here.

You belong here.

 

Hello, my name is church

 

I love you

I love you

I’m sorry

Can’t wait to see you.

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