Sometimes people will ask my why am i so angry with, or why do i hate church? The simple answer is that i do not “hate” church, or pastors, or Christians (i am one)! The thing i hate, the thing that makes me angry and frustrated and upset is what some in the church pass off to the world as Christian. One example here may suffice.
A couple months or maybe a little longer now we had a “informational” meeting at our church. The meeting was meant to allow for people to open up about their concerns about the church. One of the concerns involved people drinking coffee during the service. This person felt that it was disrepectful to God. Now that is all well and good and if that person felt that she was disrespecting God then she probably shouldn’t drink coffee in the service.
Well move ahead a week….I had just finishing polluting the minds of the young adults i teach in Sunday School with liberal theology and was headed for the “sanctuary” for the service, in my hand was a large cup of coffee (the elixir of life, i fondly call it). I pull open the door and suddenly feel a hand in my shoulder. Imagine my surprize when, rather than receiving the canned “good morning, how are you today?” usher speak, the usher told me that i could not take my coffee into the church.
“What!?!!?!?!?” was my incredulous response. Mind you my large coffee was only a quarter gone!
“We are not allowing coffee into the santuary any longer,” His eyes boring into my soul, “out of respect for God!”
“i don’t think Jesus cares if i drink coffee in the service, besides He created it!” Was the only thing I could think to say. But he was unrelenting. I went off to the library to finish my devils brew. I few minutes later i was joined by a young mother with two little kids in tow, she too had been banned, but she was clearly embarrassed. That is when i could feel anger rising inside. i thought to myself, ‘ i think that God is more concerned about we treat people in church rather than what we sip on during the message”.
It is things like this that infuriate me about “church”. We spend so much time making sure that the members are happy that we forget that we are dealing with people coming into churches that have no idea how to speak “Christianize”….and they should not have to.
Church, should be a place where broken, dirty, weak, sinful, lonely people can come and find something so incredibly different…unconditional love and acceptence because of Christ. Many churches here in America are places where the self justified, self righteous sinner comes to condemn, belittle, and judge any that do not fit their idea of the Christian mold.
The church can and should be so much more.
Oh, and it may come as a shock to these individuals that Jesus didn’t fit the mold either and He would fail their test.