Isn’t it odd that Bible believing Christians are often the most outspoken and divisive people in the Church? There’s a plague in the local Church of people who don’t like each other, speak badly about other Churches, and are simply divisive. Disclaimer: I wrestle with this all the time.
As believers in Jesus, let’s stop being the enemy of the Bride of Christ. We are called to build up the Church and to encourage other believers. Somehow, though, when a Church is too loud for our taste, too edgy, too boring, or too pushy, we take it as our mission to tear it down. When a Pastor hurts our feelings, speaks too long, or doesn’t remember all of our names, and our favorite foods, we tear him and his ministry down. We leave a Church and bring all of our negativity to our next Church. It’s time to stop it. It’s divisive and that mindset is hurting the body of Christ.
We must be champions of the local Church because the local Church is the hope of the world. I’ve said some really terrible things about other believers and Churches, and I’ve needed to repent for tearing down what Christ established. Maybe you need to do that, too. No person, team, or ministry is perfect, and neither are you. The Church is a gathering of broken people in need of the Gospel of Jesus.
I made a promise with a friend recently. We are going to speak better about other ministries and believers than even their own congregants and staff do. I’ll tell you what, that challenge is changing my whole outlook. I want to be a champion of all Bible believing Churches.
So, here’s a challenge for you. Do you speak badly about your old (or current) Church? Do you speak badly about certain believers and pastors? When you hear a new believer is going to a Church you don’t agree with, do you tear it down? Do you use phrases like, “I wasn’t fed at that Church”, or “That Church is for new believers?” Ask God for forgiveness and become a champion for His Church.
Pastors: As a Pastor in training, nothing breaks my heart more than hearing you tear down another Church. Imagine a unified Church where different organizations are working together for the Kingdom of God. Pastor, it starts with you.
Here’s what I had to do and what you need to do as well: repent and change your ways. The Church has enough enemies, it doesn’t need more within it’s own walls.