It has become trendy to say we love Jesus but hate church. What are some reasons people give for abandoning the church?
- “I’ve been hurt.”
- “People in the church are hypocrites.”
- “I can learn more on my own at home.”
- “Church people fight all the time.”
Some of these statements are true, and they’re valid concerns. Because the church is made up of people, it will never be perfect in this world. However, that doesn’t mean we should set the church aside. Ephesians 3:10 emphasizes the role of the church in making God’s wisdom known, and Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church.”
You can’t love Jesus without loving the church, because Jesus is the head of the church. God’s plan for the church is far greater than our human experience and we are privileged to participate in his redemptive plan for her sanctification.