Disowning Your Family

26 Oct

It grieves me when I hear about people leaving their churches.  I don’t mean leaving the faith–although this grieves me as well–but rather leaving a congregation to hop over to another one.  I can understand when someone leaves because of unbiblical teaching, or a disagreement over key doctrine, but not because the carpet is the wrong color or because the music doesn’t get me emotionally charged.

We live in a society that holds family and community ties loosely, exalting individualism and consumerism, and this has crept into our mentality of the church as well.  For most of us, we would never disown our family, leaving it simply because our parents aren’t cool enough, our brothers and sisters ask for help too often, or because the children are a wee bit wild.  And yet, we’re completely fine with disowning our church family for the sake of individual preference (oftentimes citing our spiritual growth as a cover).

And don’t think the world doesn’t notice this.  It notices that we’re no different, that we sacrifice the community for the sake of the self.  What is the end result?  A continued hardening of hearts to the truth of the Gospel and the power of the Church.

When there are churches on every street corner, it makes it all too easy to succumb to this kind of temptation.  We are easily attracted by the style of the music at this church, the youth and excitement of that congregation, the rich history of this church, or the newness of that one.

And yet, if we view the people we gather with on a weekly basis to worship with–people we spend time with, wrestle through the Word of God with, love, serve, and by whom we are loved and served–as our spiritual families (a greater family because its been formed by the blood of Christ), I believe this temptation can be extinguished.

What is the end result?  I believe it shows up in stronger families of believers and a greater witness of the Gospel to a lost world around us.

But what are your thoughts?


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