Hey, I’m the new guy and I may or may not be relatively young and/or directly related to one of the original writers of this blog; however, I feel I may have enough experience and knowledge to help out or at least entertain some people for a few minutes. I’ll be writing every Wednesday, so get ready!
Church is a common misconception in today’s world. There are two “churches” in our midst. The church (common noun) is a holy place of worship. It is the physical building where people come together to give praise to our Creator and fellowship with one another. During the time that the Bible was written, people would not have understood this idea. If you were to tell someone you were going to church they wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. People in that time, for one, called it the temple; and, two thought of the people with whom they worshipped and learned of God’s unending love, so people would not have been able to comprehend how to “go” to church. This brings me to the Church (proper noun).
The Church is the group of people we have community with. The Church is there for the people within a town or city. The Church should never be viewed as people who are condemning or judgmental towards unbelievers. They are hospitable to anyone and everyone whether they are of a different race, follow a different religion, or even have a different sexual orientation. Yeah, I went there. God’s love is for all who walk the face of our planet and we are to love those who God loves.
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen.
1 John 4:20
We can’t claim to love God and not love people. It is impossible. If the Church can’t love people why will non believers think that God loves them? That’s crazy.
The church is an awesome place. A building is a wonderful blessing that we often take for granted, but the Church is so much more powerful. The Church should welcome everyone who might want to learn about our God. We should love every person and make them feel like they belong when they think they have nowhere else to go or so many other places to go for that matter. Be the first place in your community people go to for help and learning. Help them; teach them.