Over the years the church has gotten a bad rap.
Honestly, most of the time it deserved it.
But, and this is coming from someone who had one of
those bad experiences with a church, don’t let 1 bad
experience ruin church for you.
Here’s the deal—the church as wonderful as it is—is
still a community of people, who, are you ready for
this…are HUMAN like you and me.
The church will mess up. There is no getting around
that. The church has, is, and will probably let you
down at some point. Unfortunately, this is the very
real possibility when living with other people.
Why then would someone, say a pastor, commit their
life to serving God through God’s church?
Here is why there is hope in the church because as
broken as the church is, it is also quite
beautiful—like a mosaic. And it is beautiful because
you are beautiful. Your story is one the church, the
community of faith, needs in order to be that city
on the hill scripture invites us to be.
This is why I love God—this is why I can’t give up
on my faith: God didn’t give up on humanity and God
will never give up on humanity.
Plus—how did God come to us?
In a child—a human being—fleshy, bloody, and all the
other fluids that come with being a human.
Oh friends, we are better because of you. And when
you aren’t with us, we lack something. We are
Don’t give up on us. Don’t give up on God.
But also, don’t think you are alone in your doubts
and struggles about the church. I’ve been there. And
many more are and will be there.
Here is the good news—the church, with Gods help,
with YOUR help, can make a difference in the lives
So, friend, come. Come share your story with us.
Come and teach us about love, faith, hope, and joy.
You are welcome in this place.
I leave you with a beautiful quote one of my
parishioners shared with me today. It is from
Kathleen Norris’ book Amazing Grace.
“The church is still a sinful institution,” a
Benedictine monk wrote to me when I was struggling
over whether or not to join a church. “How could it
be otherwise?” he asked, and I was startled into
recognition of simple truth. The church is like the
Incarnation itself, a shaky proposition. It is a
human institution, full of ordinary people, sinners
like me, who say and do cruel, stupid things. But it
is also a divinely inspired institution, full of
good purpose, which partakes of a unity far greater
than the sum of its parts. That is why it is called
the body of Christ.”
And so we pray, Come, Lord Jesus, come….
5Consequently, when Christ came into the world,
he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not
desired, but a body you have prepared for me;
6 in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings you have
taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your
will, O God” (in the scroll of the book it is
written of me).’
8When he said above, ‘You have neither desired
nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and
burnt-offerings and sin-offerings’ (these are
offered according to the law), 9then he added, ‘See,
I have come to do your will.’ He abolishes the first
in order to establish the second. 10And it is by
God’s will that we have been sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
[Adam Quine, Pastor of First Presbyterian Chuch