You mad at the imperfect Church? Mad at the crowd that makes her up? Mad at how they follow that leader who is imperfect too? You think to yourself, and verbalize to others around you, “How could they!?…Can’t they see how imperfect it all is!!?”
Most can’t tell how angry you are, but I do. I see you. I hear you. I know you. More importantly…your Creator notices, hears, and whispers into your angry deaf ears. Your anger makes you think you are hearing God’s voice, but your internal screaming is so loud, you miss His gentle whisper. You’re not hearing God’s will, you are hearing your own shrill.
So you have an angry plan. And you love it when a plan comes together!
Your anger drives you to be on your A game. You feel good! You are motivated like never before. You feel so alive, confident, and empowered! You are good! Your anger hypnotizes you to fall in love with your idea. Your anger cements in your expectations, and your anger has you on a passionate high, assured of your success.
My friend…You aren’t mad at the Church.
You’re just mad.
Unhappy. In actuality, your anger, originated in hurt.
Your hurt isn’t working for you. Forgive. Whoever-Whatever…forgive! I know you don’t feel like forgiving. Do it anyway. Be free. Be smarter because of your hurt, not dumber. Being dumber will only hurt you more and then you’ll get more angry. If you’re not careful, you’ll be so hurt, your anger will lead you to find a theology that proves how wrong the Church is, and that downward spiral of death, will have you actually believing someday that Jesus didn’t really raise from the dead, you’ll convince yourself He’s not the Messiah…you end up in hell.
If you’re mad, bro…You’re already in a hell. Don’t force it into eternity.
Repent. Ask God for forgiveness…for being mad at the crowd for following that leader. That leader who hurt you. That Christian who sinned. That crowd that sheepishly and blindly follows. Ask for forgiveness for thinking you can do it better. Ask for forgiveness for being angry at The Church for her imperfections.
Let it go.
Let joy return.
Jesus is the Hope of the world, NOT the Church.
The local Church is just an imperfect conduit to Jesus. Love the Church again. Jesus died for her. There’s no greater love than that. Love the…