It’s kind of big.
After much thought I have decided to do something that I never thought I would do.
I am quitting church.
Why you might ask?
Well, there are many reasons but here are just a few.
It’s full of hypocrites.
The worship just isn’t my style.
I don’t always agree with the pastors messages.
And I’ve been studying God’s Word and walking with Him most of my life so I think I’ve got this Christianity thing down on my own.
If I start missing it for some odd reason I can always podcast a service on Sunday morning from the comfort of my couch.
Sounds like a pretty perfect plan, right?
See, if church was just a building you show up to on Sunday morning to do some typical religious routines then I can see how it might seem like a waste of time.
But it’s not.
Church is so much more than a building; it’s the body of Christ coming together as one under the headship of Jesus Christ.
It’s not a gathering of people who qualify to fit into the “club” of Christianity.
It’s a family.
And the only qualification you need to enter is to have a broken and messed up life.
So many people don’t go to church because they get hung up on the fact that Christians are “hypocrites.”
A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does another.
And I hate to break the news to you but some of the greatest hypocrites were Jesus’ closest friends.
There was room for Peter in Jesus’s circle even though he promised Jesus that he would die for him only to deny that he even knew Him a mere six hours later.
There was room for Thomas in Jesus’s circle even though he doubted that He was really alive after His resurrection.
There was even room for Judas in Jesus’s circle even though He knew he would betray Him.
And it’s interesting to think that we can so easily reject the idea of going to church because there are hypocrites in it when those are the very people that Jesus spent time with.
He didn’t have a list of requirements to meet for whom He would include in His circle of friends so why should we?
I love what Vladimir Savchuk said about this in one of his sermons.
When someone says “I won’t join a church because it’s full of hypocrites” tell them “there is room for one more.”
See, church is not a gathering of perfect people who have all their stuff together.
It’s a gathering of imperfect people who lead just as messy lives as anyone else in the world.
People who are broken and bruised by the trials of life.
The only difference about them is that they know who to take their pain to and they know that they are in desperate need of a savior to make it through this life.
The fact that churches seem to be full of hypocrites shouldn’t be a surprise or an excuse to anyone when making the decision to join a church.
If anything it should make you feel comfortable to enter into a place where broken people come to be transformed by Christ and to learn to live life not in hypocrisy, but in transparency and honesty with Christ.
The church is also a family.
And it’s not the “Jone’s” version of the family.
It’s the real version where not everyone sees eye to eye, agrees on how things should be done, and gets along.
But you don’t leave your family just because things get tough.
From the very moment we were born God gave us families to be part of because He knew we needed the support of people who love us to help us grow in life.
And not only does He give us an earthly family, but also a spiritual one that is there to support us and help us grow in our faith daily as we walk with Christ.
I think one of greatest lies anyone can believe is that they don’t need to be part of a church family because when we are isolated from the body of Christ we become the most vulnerable to the enemy.
If you are not part of a church family who will you have to intercede for you when you are facing a struggle or going through a storm?
If you are not part of a church family who will you have to encourage you and lift you up when you are discouraged and disappointed?
If you are not part of a church family who will you have to keep you accountable in your daily actions and habits as you walk with Christ?
The idea of walking out your faith alone sounds nice and adventurous to an extent, but that was never God’s plan.
He always wanted us to gather together just as we one day will in heaven, to not only worship Him on Sunday’s, but also to walk out our faith together the rest of our days.
So maybe you won’t always love the style of worship music.
Maybe you won’t always like what the pastor preaches.
Maybe you won’t see eye to eye and agree with everyone you meet.
But at least you will have people to walk side by side with you and help you grow in the process.
At least you will have a family to support you through the trials, the storms, and the triumphs in life.
Know that no church will ever be perfect because no matter how spiritual and well-meaning it might be it is still run by imperfect people.
But that should not stop you from being part of a family that you need.
Sitting on your couch and streaming services live will never replace physically walking through the doors of a church where you can join together with other broken believers in need of Christ.
Don’t try to make it on your own in life when you were never meant to.
God wants you to be part of His family, and that family begins in the church.
Be blessed and continue to stay plugged into a church family that you grow in! -Anna… ♥
“Let us not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:25