The problem is not the church, it is me

To the Church God established, loves, and sustains,

I owe you my utmost apology. When my heart is hurt I point my finger in unjust directions. It was and is wrong. The judgement was wrongfully cast. And I feel a new verdict is in order, and here is why:

1. If God sent His son to love the church and the people in it than I sure better be able to. The Church was never a perfect organism, if it were, Christ came for nothing. The Church is full of sinful people being made more like Jesus, and I’m one of them.

2. I cannot fix this problem. Many times I seek to “fix” things, I think it is hard wired into my DNA. This desire to fix things leads to many frustrations, mainly that I have this ability to “fix” everything. I don’t. The problems in the church aren’t behavioral, they aren’t even cultural, they are heart issues which I am insufficient of fixing. Only God can fix the hearts of the people in His church. And I believe He will.

3. The problem may be just a speck. When the story of the man with a plank in his eye comes up I immediately think of someone else, as if it could never be me. I feel as though in this instance (and maybe more) I am the man with the plank. I rush to cast judgements on others and condemn the Church God seeks to restore. Who am I to bypass my sin to call foul on another? I’m just as guilty, and just as forgiven. Not more, not less.

God has a plan in each of our churches as it fits into the Church. I pray that repentance would embody—my heart— our hearts, and that Christ’s love would fill us as we continue to be renewed into the image of our God.

Grace and peace.
S.C.

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