And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25
As the weekend draws near, I hope you are preparing your heart and mind to attend church. Some will say, “Churches are filled with nothing but hypocrites!” While this might contain an element of truth, the statement is not an absolute. If one expects a church to be perfect, he is expecting too much. For this is like expecting a hospital to be filled with healthy people; after all, it has doctors, nurses, and medicines. One does not go to a hospital because he’s healthy but because he is sick. The same is true why persons attend church. It is not because we have it all together but because we are sinful and flawed—in need of God’s grace.
“Well,” someone will say, “I can worship God at the lake.” But what does God desire? Does He not desire the corporate worship of His people? If anyone knows the shortcomings of people, it is God! Yet, church is His idea. There are at least three important reasons for attending a church: 1) To worship God corporately; 2) to be encouraged in your walk with Christ.; and 3) to be involved in ministering to, and investing in the lives of, others. Contrary to the misconception of some, faith is not a “private matter.”
Yes, churches are made up of imperfect, sometimes even hypocritical, people. But these are not to have our attention. God is. And understand, even if you or I were to find the perfect church, it would become imperfect as soon as we became a part of it. What a wonderful place to experience grace than in the midst of a people in a need of grace!
What is your perception of church? Does the New Testament portray perfect churches? How do the apostles address problems of churches in their letters?
What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment.