A definition of church can be a building used for public Christian worship.
I remember when I was young, going to church was a outing we completely enjoyed as a family. It was an opportunity to get out of the house, get dressed and see other people. Getting ready for church was thrilling as we washed up and dressed our best for church.
Church was a place where we lived out our youth through events which designed our destinies to this day. Sports, activities and friendships.
The church was the building and the people running it. Looking back, we were the dumbest of all. My family was pretty naive and we required lots of growing up. We hid in the church not really knowing what we were doing or really understood God and the whole concept of the Bible.
"We struggled pathetically"
I had a lot of trouble with the ministers and with clergy because I came from a broken home and I was grossly misunderstood, I needed more attention and love than what I was given and a inferior evil "spirit" followed me most of my life. Clergy too often chose to punish me and mistreat me with impatience rather than act loving and with understanding.
The problem is not the church itself or the God's Word but really people who act less than becoming who attend and run church's.
Humans like me and you trying to live life without God's Holy Spirit make a mess many a times.
The church is full of broken people who struggle to heal themselves but fail of course. The church is full of broken people who don't know how to heal.
But is healing our job really?
This is why God commands us to love one another.God knows that to love others unconditionally has a better return than being revengeful or harsh or punitive when its not called for. We don't know the future or the past of others. We can't tell at times if they deserve punishment. We should confer with the Holy Spirit first and find out what the person needs first. Then act appropriately.
Rather than punish like we feel like meeting out to others, we love and forgive because its a command to do so. And in doing so we sow good feelings and spare further hurting someone who really needs loving energy and kindness rather than our judgement. Think how many times we would have rather received mercy than punishment.
On the flip side of the coin we can always decide to find fault especially with our leaders in society and this includes leaders in the church. Instead of criticizing and insulting clergy and or even ruining their reputation maliciously why not pray for them instead.
I remember growing up thinking how my Father was a bad mean Father which he was. But looking back he needed prayer just like the next guy. My Father passed away four years ago and he changed so much and left the earth to meet Jesus. I know this because when he passed he died with a smile on his face as if he meet someone he was pleased to meet before leaving his earthly existence. My father died of a brain tumor.
"pray for people who are difficult they are going through a rough time"
"pray for the church as a whole because they as well need our prayers and support"
"church is a place to reflect on our weekly behavior and to do better the following week."
We take communion and share in the body and blood of Jesus Christ who said that he died so that we can walk out our healing with His help. We are already healed. The rest is in our minds to change our living and thoughts and speech to fit His healing promise.
Visit your local church,pray for clergy, support and be nice to them, they struggle like we do.
Rediscover your church for the first time.