It’s Carnival time again! Today the word is church and its hosted at One Word at A Time by Bridget Chumbley.
I like the thoughts about church (believers coming together)
that Jesus talks about and that are in the scriptures. If we believe, we are a part of the church of Jesus. And we meet together and do life together. Yes, I like that.
But too often when I look at church – communities of believers – I don’t see what I think a church should look like. I am embarrassed as some of the things I see. I am disappointed when I read what some churches have done – the pain, destruction and hurt they have caused. I’m frustrated with the tension of church and money. I look at some churches and say, “Really?!”
And I wonder why …
Why be involved?
Then I also look at the good churches have done – throughout the centuries and today. I think about the many hospitals/schools/etc in this country and throughout the world that were started by communities of believers.
Personally, my family has been helped many times by the local church we’ve been involved with for 20+ years. They’ve brought us more meals then I can count … at the birth of each of my three boys, when my husband was injured and out of work for 3 months, when my husband was injured again and when I was injured (Now I understand why they asked us to stay indoors:)
So church … with its good and bad – is it worth it?