Many say we are witnessing the deconstruction of the church. I disagree. I’m sure there will be comments about how horribly wrong the church has been. I won’t argue the point. We have made many mistakes. We have handled ourselves with arrogance and pride, and ignored the purpose for which God put us here in the first place.
But the church is full of people
Have we forgotten that? And the most disheartening part of all of this is that the church is turning on itself. I mean I know over the years there has been dissension in the church. There have been church splits throughout history, but this seems to be on a much grander scale. It almost feels like a beast that is just growing and expanding, threatening to swallow the church whole.
Jesus told us to love one another
The world will know we are Christians by our love for each other. And we seemingly have no love for each other anymore.
It’s true that Christians have, at times, failed to present love to the world, to those who have not yet found this life altering, life giving salvation in Jesus. It is also true that, at times, we have loved deeply and given much.
Yet along the way
We have taken the mistakes and used them to turn on each other. And now who can know us? Who can pick us out from the crowd in times like these? Is our love even recognizable? Do we care? Or are we too busy deconstructing the church?
The truth is that we are still His bride
The church is Jesus’s bride. We are bashing her, wounding her, and tearing her down. And she’s His bride.
As I stand and watch the total insanity going on around me, I am sure of this…He works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He will use this time in church history to refine her.
He will use it to make His bride more ready for Him than ever
I am certain that the church will look very different on the other side of all of this. I’ve made a decision to love her through the process. To be here for her. In grace and truth. Loving her through her struggles.
The church isn’t being deconstructed. She is being redeemed, renewed, prepared for this new place in history. The bride awaiting her groom.
So that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.Ephesians 5:27
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