But I absolutely disagree. I know of the injustices done in the name of the church: the abuse, the scandal, the picketing, the hate. I know those stories, I’ve read those articles, I’ve met some of those kinds of pastors… yet I still have hope for the church.
I have hope for big churches, for house churches, for black churches, for white churches. I have hope for the church, for one reason – Jesus said not even hell would overcome it. We’ll never outgrow the need for the church. Regardless of how independent you are, or I am, we were never designed to play the Lone Spiritual Ranger. We need each other.
Often it feels like the church isn’t important.
We might miss a Sunday or two, and not see any reason to go back. But the church is much more important than we sometimes think it is. Throughout Scripture God gives no promises about America, no promises to any race of person, no promises to any sports team. Rather He gives his promise to the church. But we regularly put our allegiance elsewhere.
Where have you mistakenly put your allegiance in the past? Why do you love the church?
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