I have the tendency to give up on people and things that are a source of frustration for me. One of these things that cause such frustration is the church. What you get when you mix imperfect people with the perfect Church is an imperfect church community. Being imperfect, the community makes a lot of imperfect decisions, some that just make me want to scratch my head and divorce myself from it.
But let's consider the consequences of negative actions toward your body of believers:
1. Will giving up build up or break down the church?
2. Will giving up help your hurt your own spirit?
3. Is God not in the organized church just as he is in our hearts?
4. If God is present in the organized church, is it fair to say, He governs that church, whether flawed or disobedient?
5. What comes from all negative things?
But what if, we fall in love with righteousness, and justice and realize that people are people wherever you find them in their walk with God and become contagiously involved in a furious attempt at reforming the church?
If we weren't self-righteous and arrogant, could we get some things done? I struggle constantly with cynicism about the Church, how it functions and it's downfalls. But focusing on the downfalls of anyone or anything is wrong, it is tearing down, not building up. God says:
Eph. 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
I catch myself constantly ranting about how things should be, but really have no idea of how things should be or how to get there. It is far more productive for me to, with discernment, think positive, act positive, and try to build up the broken things lying around me. Much like Christ does. It will never end, just as the repairs God does in our lives never end. Accept the imperfection of people, otherwise, we will fail to see our own imperfections, and love the church as Christ does.
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