Hello, My Name is Church

By The Unappreciated Pastor

Hello my name is church,

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am…

Boring
Shallow
Cheap
A waste of time

You’ve heard that I am full of:

Hypocrites
Clowns
Greedy people
The self-righteous

Maybe you have visited me before and discovered:

Horrible music
Passionless singing
Dry preaching
Rude congregants

Maybe you needed me and I was:

Too busy
Too “righteous”
Too broke
Too blind

Maybe you joined me and found I was:

Distant
Demanding
Dull
Preoccupied

Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by:

Business meetings
Committees
Teams
Bureaucracy

Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody:

Called
Cared
Noticed
Invited you back

Perhaps your experience has driven you to:

Speak negatively of me
Swear to never come back to me
Proclaim that no one needs me
Believe you’re better off without me

If this is true, I have something to say to you:

I’m sorry
I was wrong
I blew it
I made a huge mistake

But remember, I never said my name was:

Perfect
Flawless
Complete
Arrived

My name is church. I welcome the:

Hypocrite
Dry
Self-righteous
Shallow

I welcome the

Sincere
Passionate
Forgiving
Selfless

I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you:

Angry
Uncomfortable
Impatient
Self-conscious

But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room. In the Old Testament there was a division between the:

Gentile
Jew
Man
Woman

In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was:

Shamed
Beaten
Killed
Resurrected

Which is far worse than being:

Bored
Uncomfortable
Embarrassed
Ignored

So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people:

Challenge you
Sharpen you
Strengthen you
Humble you

I can’t promise you that the people will be great. This is church. It’s not:

Heaven
Paradise
Beulah Land
The Celestial city

Come back.

God wants you here.
The body needs you here.
The world needs your witness here.
You belong here.

Hello, my name is church.

I miss you.

I love you.

I’m sorry.

Can’t wait to see you.

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6 thoughts on “Hello, My Name is Church”

  1. Corrupted Christians don’t sharpen faith, they destroy it. And if the church “welcomed” all we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I prefer to spend my time like Christ, outside the synagogue calling out the people who corrupt it and turning their tables.
    Your job is a thankless one if you are a pastor. And I am sorry for that. But perhaps you should be preaching not to those outside the church but inside the church. Change your church to a welcoming place and perhaps people will come back without the prose.

    1. Thanks for your feedback,
      I think its hard to generalise on these things. All people are different and therefore all churches are different. I think you may be pleasantly surprised if you come to our church though!!?? Come along, then give us an honest opinion of your experience.

      1. In all my experiences and in talking to many atheists who used to be Christians, not to mention Christ’s mission on earth and it’s example have shown me that corrupt Christians aren’t good for anything concerning Christianity. We are supposed to be Christ manifest on earth. If Christians are corrupt we’re making Christ look corrupt. I think it’s important not to excuse that kind of behavior. Christ certainly didn’t I think it’s far more important to manifest Christ clearly.

        I’d LOVE to find a good church that would help to build faith! Where’s your church at, out of curiosity. The most encouraged I have been by a church manifesting Christ was a Universal Unitarian church. But in opposition to legalism (truth without grace), it’s license (grace without truth). I could see myself raising my kids in a half and half atmosphere a legalistic church half the time and a license church the other half. I’m not convinced a loving (truth&grace) church still exists. Four years of looking tells me it’s a fantasy.

  2. This is interesting, people are always so keen to point out the ‘hypocritical christians’ as the reason why they don’t come. I don’t think church is a place for people who think they are the ‘it’, but they are actually the ones who know they are no good, and have issues; and so they accept their need of God, coming to church to help make straight what the world has distorted. Perhaps some get caught up and don’t try so hard all the time, but thats where the journey gets personal for everyone.

    There is definitely a difference between a church being welcoming and a church being accommodating. It should be a place of hope and encouragement, but should also be a place where you feel uncomfortable, because we can’t be ok with living life as we are, sinfully that is.

    I feel sorry for the person who wrote this too. Must be hard, but it doesn’t matter how YOU do church, serving God was never going to be accepted by the majority!

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