I’ve been reading many articles lately that keep proclaiming how many are leaving and “done” with the church, how no one can trust the church because of issues, and how church isn’t really that important. I know there are many backgrounds involved with this and everyone’s story is different, but I’d like to encourage you in the fact that the Church is more important than you might be thinking.
Leaving And Being “Done” With Church
I think this line of thinking can apply to many people, but mostly it seems this is coming from the younger generation. Many are growing up in the church or at least observing it and when their expectations aren’t met, they are leaving. They are claiming that real Christianity doesn’t have to involve the church if they are following Jesus and they are doing just fine. Unfortunately, this line of thinking is not true.
Church is the body of Christ. It’s the people. Every follower of Jesus is a member of the body and together, we make up the church. It isn’t a building or a location, but it’s made up of individuals. The church is the hope of the world and God will use His Church to advance His Kingdom.
You simply can’t “leave” or be “done” with the church. What you’re really saying is that you want to follow Jesus on your own terms, not on the Bible’s terms.
“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” – Romans 12:15
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18
Can’t Trust Church Because of Issues
Another popular argument against the church is people can’t trust it because of so many issues that come up. Let’s remember again the church is made up of people. Sinful, flawed, people. We are all sinful…we all make mistakes…that’s the whole reason we need a Savior to begin with. We can’t live this life on our own and we certainly can’t live this life perfectly. So if we can’t do that, of course the church is going to have issues.
People look at the church and expect perfection and when mistakes happen, they give up. Followers of Jesus don’t become perfect once they start to follow Him. We are just as sinful today as we were yesterday, but the difference is we follow and trust a Savior who has forgiven us.
It’s good news that the church isn’t perfect and has issues because everyone is welcome! You don’t have to clean yourself up or be perfect to be a part of the church, but only put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. You’ll still make mistakes, but that’s the beauty of Jesus…you’ll still be forgiven.
Church Really Isn’t That Important
I think for our culture today, the biggest issue is that the church just isn’t a priority. We have missed the importance of being involved with our brothers and sisters in Christ and serving and loving our neighbors. We are choosing our own preferences and are wanting to follow Jesus on our own.
God is the one who created the heavens and the earth and He is the one who created us, the church. If we trust Him in other areas of our lives and believe He knows everything, why would we stray away from the way He has designed church to be? It’s foolish of you and of me to live in a way that is contrary to the Bible as a follower of Jesus.
God makes it clear all throughout His Word that the life of the Christian is not to be spent in isolation, but within community. We are designed for people. We were created for relationships. We need others. We need Jesus. We need the Church.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16
Do you have a church? If you’ve experienced hurt or issues within a church, would you take a chance to try again? If you’ve never been a part of a church and you claim to follow Jesus, what is stopping you today? You are made to be within community and God has given you purposes to fulfill within the body of Christ. Don’t miss it. Church is more important than you think.