Are You Mad at Your Church?…

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UpsetI’ve been wanting to write this for a long time, but thought I should at least get through Christmas before I approached a negative subject.  Are you mad at your church?

Now, I’m totally going on the assumption that your church is a Bible believing, Bible preaching, God-fearing church.  If not, RUN!

But, what if your church is all the things that it should be, yet has made you mad.  Even more, mad enough to contemplate leaving.  What then?

First, let’s dive into the fact that when you say you are mad at your church, you aren’t actually mad at the building itself.  So, you are mad at the people in it… at least some of them.  What did they do?  Did you want to serve somewhere and weren’t given that opportunity?  Did someone hurt your feelings?  Were you denied something that you felt you deserved?  Did you decide to stop doing something and were upset when people didn’t beg you to keep doing it?  I don’t know what your issue is, I’m just making up stuff.

Did you notice that you are in every sentence and Christ is not?  Ouch… I’m not immune to this.  I’ve had my feelings hurt and even been mad at my church.  That’s ok.  We are all human.  But, you need to dig into those feelings before taking action… leaving action.  Is your church Christ-centered?  Is it trying to further the Gospel?  Then, maybe that is the exact place you need to be.  Maybe you were a Godly example to people there and now they miss you.  Maybe, it isn’t about what you are supposed to get out of it, maybe it’s about what you are supposed to put into it… or better yet, what someone else there is supposed to get out of you… spiritually.

We are all going to have negative emotions at times with people in our church.  We are all different and sometimes, let’s face it, it’s hard to get along with everyone.  But, the Bible also offers solutions for resolving conflicts.  God thought of everything.  So, find out what is at the root of your feelings and address it… don’t run away from it.  I promise you, it will follow you wherever you go.  And maybe once you get there, you’ll realize that you had been home all along.

Colossians 3:1-17 is helpful reading

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2