There’s a church near our home that uses their marketing to specifically target people who have had bad experiences with church. Basically, it reads like this: “Turned off by racists? Come try our church. Told you’re not dressed up enough? Come try our church. People staring at your tattoos and piercings? Come try our church. Judged between the parking lot and the front door? Come try our church.”
I know what this church is trying to do, but I feel like creating an “us vs. them” attitude isn’t helping the conversation. It forgets that we’re all at different stages of our faith journey. While it doesn’t excuse the racism, the other items are negotiable and it’s up to God to change the heart.
There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.–1 Corinthians 12:6 (NIV)
And yet, I’ve gotta be honest, I’ve been struggling a lot lately with how I’ve been treated by the church. The more I thought about it, I’ve been struggling most of my Christian life with how I’ve been treated by the church. Since we’ve gone to three different churches during my Christian life, I knew there was one commonality.
Look at your responsibility first. Jesus says, in terms of our relationships with others, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3 (ESV) The log in your own eye is of greater importance to solve.