We may not think much of the Church in our American angst. We complain. We argue. We are always quick to point out what is “wrong” with the Church. Every particular season I will come across dozens of articles about what NOT to preach on a particular Sunday. (“Make sure you avoid these THREE mistakes on Mother’s Day”, etc.)
We have frustrations. There are times when it IS frustrating. I get frustrated.
But it’s the maturity of Christ that calls us past the frustration to a deep love and commitment. And that’s because he thinks so much of the Church. It is his body. We aren’t called to worship a “head” without a body! We are called to love Christ… and his Church.
He sure thinks everything of us!
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph. 1:22-23, NIV)
How is should be is this: When you see the Church, you should see Christ. You should see an incredible representation of Christ.
This is why I don’t “quit” the Church. This is the place where the fullness of Christ should be witnessed. So, I work for that. I pray for that. I want to model that. To separate myself from the body is gross negligence. It is decapitation.
Christ loves his Church. This is worth pursuing.