The issues with the body/church, as a whole, seem overwhelming and frankly, hopeless. For years, people have been taking their gifts and walking-out on their own, carrying with them the rejection/hurt/pain, maybe not finding true healing. Or, some won’t even step foot into a church because of the issues inside. Some like to demonize the church and God himself for the behavior of the people, some like to point fingers, some like to use hurt as their excuse to stop going to church…I’ve been there and see no future in it for me or for the church…so what do you say we seek to know the root and truth of the matter?
So, here’s a truth, I am one who is discouraged and disillusioned with the church in general. Ready to call it quits on church attendance altogether (and having no clue why the Lord would want her [or any of us]; honestly, she can be such a hurtful place to be) I started some online digging about the church/the body and her problems, and see a lot of people feel the same way with the same complaints and hurts. Some opt to leave, few stay, most resign in frustration – opting to sit in apathy – fulfilling our attendance requirement.
I think, from what I see, even though it appears to be a corporate problem, the manifested problems in the church/body as a whole are caused by the spiritual ailments of each of its individually members .
- I think it comes down to the individuals within the body.
If we each become the temple of God, the corporate body will become the temple of God. So, instead of looking to others to be that (i.e., Spirituality, Relationship, Growth) for us or somehow enable us to be what we are supposed to be, we each need to take responsibility to become what it is we are looking for in a church body.
There is no doubt we need a radical intervention by God/Holy Spirit! But I believe it will happen individually, on our knees before Him, in our own submitted hearts. Each little member of the one body being changed, will change the body.
The frequent and consistent argument I saw on whether church attendance is required/or what the early church structure was really like to guide us now – I don’t have the answers, I think distract us from the real issue, and I don’t think will solve anything for us today. But, I see we need to get back to the beginning in: 1) realigning ourselves with what Jesus said our main goal is, and 2) reading/studying the Living, Life Changing, Word of God.
- Trying to solve the church issues is distracting us from the main goal in our Christian life. Refocusing on the main goal, will solve the issues.
With all that said, here’s the gist:
- All that we are ever going to be spiritually in this life, individually and corporately, will be realized when we each take responsibility for our own relationship (i.e., Reading the Word/Prayer/Worship/Praise) with God, humble ourselves before Him, and enter into true intimacy with Him. Out into the Body from that place of intimacy will flow rivers of change, fruits of the Spirit evident in each of our hearts/mouths/minds, and will produce a whole new life to the Body.
“they will know us by our love one for another”.
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