Σάββατο, 26 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Hello, My Name Is Church

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:
Horrible music
Passionless singing
Dry preaching
Rude congregants
Maybe you needed me and I was:
Too busy
Too "righteous"
Too broke
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 miss you.
I love you.
I'm sorry.
Can't wait to see you.
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