I wish to speak in favor of the Church. Warts and all. Mistakes and all. Crazies and all.
I wish to speak in favor of the Church because it is the body of Christ and he is the Head. I do not wish to worship a bodiless Head.
I wish to speak in favor of the Church because it is human. When one part is “attacked” with some angst-filled rage in hopes of getting noticed on some angst-filled site like the Huff and Puff Post… that attack is against me… and against people I know and love. People I don’t know yet, but I know Christ loves them and by that relationship, I find a way to love as well. People I can’t actually stand, but because they’re family… I have to find a way… Oh, you get the picture.
The Church as a whole will have a look of constantly being “out of step” because it is out of step. It is at once forward in its look and action… quite ahead of culture… and also backward in its look and action… because what is “forward” in a culture isn’t always Kingdom.
When we fill a post with angst filled rage against “the Church” it’s not because we’re actually angry and “the Church.” We’re angry at our sliver of the Church. It’s probably legitimate in some way.
But I wish to speak in favor of the beautiful Bride of Christ. It is a glorious Church and will be grand one day. There are moments when parts are grand today. It IS a glorious Bride our Bridegroom is making ready. HE loves us… and I wish to follow my Lord in that love as much as I can stand it.
It is the Church… out of step… forward in so many ways… and backward… Beautiful… Loved by her Savior… walking toward him as best she can.