I am a Christian.
I am a pastor.
I am a part of the church universal.
Because the first three are true, therefore, I suck.
That’s pretty much the consensus on Facebook and social media.
The unnerving part of that scenario is that it is the consensus opinion of other Christians.
I’m conservative theologically, therefore, I suck.
I’m not conservative enough theologically, therefore, I suck.
I don’t belong to the ” fill in the blank” group, therefore, I suck.
I will fellowship with those in “fill in the blank” group, therefore, I suck.
I don’t condemn ‘fill in the blank” group, therefore, I suck.
I don’t believe Jesus is coming back before my coffee gets cold, therefore, I suck.
I don’t mind if you do believe that, therefore, I suck.
I’ve actually studied church history and know that this is a lot closer to a golden age for the Gospel rather than the darkest days the church has ever seen.
Boy, do I suck for saying that.
I could go on, but you get the point.
For every pastor caught abusing his flock there are dozens more faithfully leading and loving a local congregation to the best of their abilities.
For every Christian out there condemning someone there are dozens more out doing anonymous works of mercy to make their neighbors lives better.
For every thing that we can and should be critical in the church about,there are many more that we should be celebrating.
The biggest threat to the church today isn’t the government,the gays,or the skeptics, it’s the critical spirit of division that leads us into self loathing of the larger Body of Christ.
We are not suffering from a lack of “discernment” but a lack of love.
Well, at least I am.
You can make your own application.