muddy church

I’ve been attending church since before I was born – literally – because I went everywhere my mom went! Then I was put in the nursery, toddlers room and children’s church and eventually began attending regular church services in 7th grade which I called ‘big church’.  My mother was the church organist and for several years my father was the choir director. I was there nearly every time the church doors were open. I didn’t mind (usually); I didn’t know any different!

I do remember one time faking sick so I could stay home and watch Mr. Ed the talking horse on television. I loved that show! Fortunately, but unfortunately, I had a healthy conscience, and I knew I had lied and would most likely be found out  . . .  which kept me from enjoying Mr. Ed  . . .  fully.

I’ve continued going to church, listening to sermons, learning, growing, worshiping and longing to become more like Jesus, because I love Him and I want to bring him joy.

I never intended to marry a pastor though. That wasn’t even a possibility I would have considered considering! (Maybe someday I’ll go in to all my former reasons!) But, because I fell in love with Les, the most incredible husband of all time, and because God had pastor-plans for him, I’ve been in church ever since!

Some people have a very jaded and negative view of church, and I don’t blame them. I’ve dipped in and out of that mindset on more than one occasion. During my lifetime I’ve seen so many terrible, hypocritical, wicked things happen in churches that should never have occurred. There have been abuses of power, misuses of authority, and sexual scandals, not to mention leaders who are greedy for money and notoriety who aren’t in ministry because of a genuine love for God or for the people He created. It’s all about them and it’s appalling.

Believe it or not, it isn’t The Church’s fault, it’s people’s fault. It’s easy to assume that going to church is to be avoided because of all the crap going on inside some of them. The Church is God’s plan and design, sin is not. Even though The Church is to be the bride of Christ, she looks as if she’s been mud-wrestling in a cow pasture. She’s gotten pretty dirty and doesn’t smell so good.

People are the problem, not God.

I know, some may present that age-old argument of how can a good God allow evil? It is precisely because God is good that he allows it, otherwise we’d all be toast. Evil was never in his plan, but giving people a free will, (I mean, what kind of an authentic friendship can develop if it is forced?) led to sin and sin always messes everything up.

Thankfully, in spite of all the junk, God still loves us and longs for us to know him and be in relationship with him. Mercifully he is slow to anger and abounding in grace, and that, my friend, is amazing!

What is also amazing is that in the many churches most people never hear about, those where the leaders and their people actually strive to love God and listen to him and obey him, he still shows up and helps us and allows us to help others!

It’s astounding what good things do happen in churches today! My husband and I are privileged to see people develop real, authentic relationships with each other and with God. We get to be a part of people’s lives as they marry, have kids, learn to parent, and face the many challenges that life inevitably brings their way. We get to be a part of helping people who are in desperate situations find a way out or through, whether they are local or half-way around the world!

The Church may be muddy, but she’s the best we’ve got!

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One Response to “muddy church”

  1. nancy hinman Says:

    Amen…Amen…AMEN..Amen…Amen….(thinks there’s a song like that…)

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