(Yes... this is another post about the church. Sue me, but I am passionate for it in all its flawed beauty.)
The word I hear a lot is "jaded."
It's a good word to describe a number of things, from hard experiences we may have been through to the cynicism we all can feel for very legitimate reasons. It's so odd how often I hear this language used when people are trying to articulate where they are now... and yet they don't really want to stay there..
Honestly, I can probably use this word, too.
So this post isn't a criticism in any way, but rather a small slice of perspective. One of my favorite authors/speakers/thinkers is the late Mike Yaconelli. Check out one of his thoughts on this matter:
"The power of the Church is not a parade of flawless people, but of a flawless Christ who embraces our flaws. The Church is not made up of the whole people, rather of the broken people who find wholeness in a Christ who was broken for us."Good call. We don't live in a perfect world.
- Mike Yaconelli
At least, not yet. That's the thing we have to remember.
The wounds may seem real, but in the end God is "more Real" than the wounds. Most of the negative thinking that people have about Jesus is often never because of Jesus but because of those who claim to follow him. Heaven is when "church gets it right" and we get to enjoy our Creator and each other in a context we currently have to labor for. In the meantime we're constantly working our way to that moment and shouldn't expect a full on heavenly perspective to happen just yet.
Perhaps glimpses, but never perfection.
At least, not yet.
And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created
all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind thescenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels! (Ephesians 3:8-10, MSG)