Morning Meditation – Deidre Franklin

morning_meditation

We call it church – but the church is not the event, nor is it the building in which we meet; the church is the people.

The word church can be a bit slippery.

Many people think of church as a building with a steeple and a sanctuary. Others define it as an event involving instruments, singing, and preaching.

In reality, however, the Church is a cosmic community including all of the people who have ever put their faith in God.

The writer of Hebrews refers to it as the “great cloud of witnesses”. These people (we) get together regularly and we do certain things, like worship, pray, and apply God’s Word.

We call it church – but the church is not the event, nor is it the building in which we meet; the church is the people.

Sadly, this shared experience does not make us perfect people who are capable of unconditional love. We are fellow strugglers who are learning to be like our Master Jesus in attitude and action.

The learning does come slowly sometimes – and we mess up. Instead of serving one another, we serve ourselves.

Instead of extending forgiveness, we seek vengeance for a perceived injury.

Instead of loving one another, we use and abuse one another.

When this happens among believers, we might say, “I’ve been hurt by the church”. But what we really mean is, “I’ve been hurt by someone (singular or plural) who is trying, with varying degrees of success, to follow Jesus. These people may love God, but they sometimes fail at loving others.”

It’s easier to have been “hurt by the church” because it is less personal and therefore, less painful. But only when we can absolve “The Church” of guilt, can it become our place of healing.

Morning Meditation by Deidre Franklin

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