If you’re a believer and have been on the interwebs for any length of time, you’ve probably seen a blog post or two floating around that articulates something that is wrong with the Church. Sometimes they are talking about their local church, a denomination of churches, or they may even be talking about the universal Church (note the big C).
These articles often recount wrongs done to the writer or someone acquainted with the writer. Sometimes the posts are just rants on what the writer thinks the Church should do differently, because in their opinion, the Church is just plain wrong or failing.
These blogs often address external issues in the name of justice or rights, but fail to address what really needs to change.
Well, have no fear, I can tell you the real answer to the question: “what’s wrong with the Church?”.
It’s not the music style. It’s not what the pastor preached about last weekend. It’s not the church’s love level. And it’s not what the respective local church is for or against.
What’s really wrong with the Church is: YOU and ME.
Yet, ironically, Jesus has chosen to use people to build His Church.
While Jesus is the head of the Church, He has chosen to use imperfect human beings, men and women, to lead the Church. He has chosen to gift to the Church gifts that are people (Ephesians 4:11-14). He has chosen for 2,000+ years to continue working through the Church.
Because ultimately the Church isn’t about the people, it’s about Him. The Church isn’t for us, it’s for Him.
“25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” – Ephesians 5:25-27
If the Church isn’t for us, but for Him, then we best consider our motives as we pass along complaints about her. Are we doing so because we genuinely want to see Jesus presented with a beautiful, spotless bride? Or are we spewing crap because we want the Church to go/be a certain way for us personally?
All that to say: Are there ways the Church could change, grow and become better? Sure there are. Should local churches be preaching sound doctrine, that upholds Biblical truth? YES! Should the Church take care of the widows and orphans? YES and YES!
But do we really think ranting and raving on a blog about her and her failings will actually do anything? Why not, instead of complaining and pointing fingers we actually allow Holy Spirit to use US to bring the change that is needed (humbly and lovingly, of course)?
Why don’t we stop bickering and spewing bitterness, and repent of our own selfish and unloving ways? Why don’t we humble ourselves and look for ways to serve each other instead of gossiping about someone or some local church? Why don’t we actually do what Jesus said to do: “love one another”?
Because only as we personally respond to God’s grace and walk in obedience to Jesus’ command will we actually see the Church become who she’s created to be: “without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.“