She said that she was "all churched out"but I wasn't exactly sure why
or what she even meant for that matter
When pressed further, she explained...
and it turns out that someone had offended her with a
comment made about her church wardrobe choices
(guess she doesn't own a black dress)
as I thought about it
as I have been thinking about it...
I have gone through a range of emotion
First, I wanted to remind her that High School was no walk in the park either
(many comments, opinions, and suggestions were made to us back then)
but we didn't drop out of school!
In fact there are many other places where we have encountered
over the years,
but almost always
in all of those
We have kept going back!
We don't quit our jobs because of someone at work...
We don't stop driving because of someone on the road...
We don't give up on shopping just because of a rude cashier...
No, we keep going back
need to work...
need to commute...
So why are we so quick to give up on church? Don't we need church?
Then I realized that I wasn't really hearing her...
and tried to understand it from her experience
arriving to the place where you
think you will be safe
think you should be safe
only to be attacked by someone who is
supposed to care
supposed to love
supposed to know God
causing you to realize they probably don't
(after all we're still learning Peter's lesson)
This week I read a daily devotional series on the church
and as I read, I realized that we had been
overlooking the obvious
avoiding the truth
missing the point
there is a vast difference between
the church and
the church building
because the true church is not a building
It is an invisible body of believers that have been called out by God
the building is just where we gather to
reconnect with one another
rebuild one another
rejoice with one another
it is a
place of worship
place of refuge
for all who are...
which is exactly why...
I NEED TO BE THERE!
and yes, we do/will encounter some who
but we must endure them...
because if we claim to be the true church of God
it is impossible for us to ever really be
"all churched out"