Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"Why did you leave the church?" I asked a friend of mine recently. I was not suprised by his answer. He told me that it was because he got tired of the "clergy" lying to the people. When speaking with his clergy it sounded to me like he didn't get much help. Again, it did not suprise me with his answer. I, like many Americans, grew up in an American church going thru the rituals, wearing the right clothes. We made sure we were at the church building everytime the doors were open. I learned the stories of Abraham, Noah, and Moses. I "walked the isle" many times, thinking that I had to continually pay penance to God, primarily because I had a preacher screaming from the pulpit that I was going to hell. I never had a sense of security. Fast forward many years and I am a married woman with small children. I walked into a new church one day and sat down. The minister opened up his sermon with prayer and then proceded to study a passage out of Genesis. As I sat and listened, I was amazed at how much I learned in those thirty minutes. I looked at my husband and said "I never knew that." "Why didn't they tell me that?" I was upset that I had set thru Bible story after Bible story as a child, but had never been informed of the meaning behind the stories. Since then, I have learned so much that makes the Bible come alive. That is not what I am wanting to get across here. I am wanting to say that there are large numbers of people leaving the church, because the church failed them. We spend so much time making everything look good, that we fail to see the reason for the gospel. Jesus did not say go out and make pretty little churches. He said go out and preach the gospel. So many Christians have the mindset that there is no tolerance for anyone different than them. We keep inside our little boxes, protecting our children from outside world. We want to be comfortable. The last time I read the Bible, it says in Phil. 1.:21 "For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Doesn't sound to comfortable to me...does it you??? What are we doing? We are to love one another. Carry each others burdens. Not judge because the color of the churc door is yellow, the carpet is brown, or that man on the street "looks" a certain way. I know I may make alot of people mad when I say this, but in my opinion, the church it at great fault for the exodus of people. Just saying.
Until next time~~~