This is a story of my love affair with an Imperfect Church. And just like any healthy love affair, this includes love and pain, growing and learning.
When my Church hurts me, I remind myself that:
I love this Church. She may be imperfect, her leaders may have flaws. She may not be as dynamic and as cool as other Churches in this country, but she’s my own local Church and I love her just the same.
I love this Church. And I want to do my best to help her people become better citizens and stronger Christians, protect her from bad rumors in and out, and from things that may be self-destructive.
I love this Church. Our leaders are not perfect, they make wrong decisions, sooner or later they will hurt people unintentionally simply because they are also humans — just like each one of us. Each time we get offended by any of them, remember that they are never better, never holier, never stronger and never more righteous than any one of the weakest in faith.
This is my Church, she may have hurt me many times, unintentionally perhaps. Yes, she did hurt me many times, even to the point that I almost left her. But I never did. Because each time she does I am brought to a certain realization: that when my Church hurts me, I get a piece of how it is to be like Jesus.
That when I hurt Jesus, more often than this Church hurts me, unintentional or not, Jesus also reminds himself:
That He loves this man. I may be imperfect, I may have flaws, I may not be as dynamic and as cool as other Christians, but I am his Child and he loves me just the same.
That He loves this man. And He knows His plans for me, He wants to give me hope and a better future. And so he shields me from self-destruction.
That He loves this man. I make wrong decisions too many times, sooner or later I will hurt people unintentionally simply because I am human. But each time I hurt Him, I should remember that it doesn’t change who I am in His eyes — Made Righteous.
And so with that, I get a chance be more like Jesus, to learn how to love unconditionally — each and every time this Church hurts me.
Question to Readers:
Will your Church hurt you? Yes, your Church WILL. The question is, how do you react when she does?