Church, we like to think of it as a place of rescue where the lost can find themselves. Church is often viewed as a place where we can find the embrace of a stranger, feel captivated by acceptance and bewildered by love. Well, at least that’s how most of us picture it, but what happens when the Christ centered warm smile becomes an eerie stare and uncomfortable prick up your spine. As you walk into church and finally make way to your seat, you wonder if you should have just ironed your shirt, and begin picking at all your insecurities. And as you look around this place reflex’s a gathering of individuals composed of a small ecosystem. You ask yourself who you should talk to, how will you fit in, and wait, will you even fit in? Subconsciously, we begin to divide the people into groups, just to help us grasp the socioeconomics of our surroundings. You can’t help it, were all labeled and just because were in church it really doesn’t make a difference, right? So you begin to categorize and map out the environment. To your far left you have your “Fabs”, they are the ones with the “up to date” fashion, and every Sunday it’s all about a making a fashion statement. We definitely look forward to the IG pic of the day, and if you get followed back it will definitely make our social life so worth living.
Then you have your PK’s (preacher’s kid) there just so perfect. You almost wish you were as, “fearfully and wonderfully” made as them, because somehow God must have just spent a little more time on them. PK’s they motivate you to spend most of your time trying to measure up to their wonderful awesomeness, to the point that you just feel so completely spiritually dumb founded. To your right you have “the mutant” these guys are not only talented, but they do it all! They sing, they dance, play instruments, act, preach, write and they do it all so gracefully. Doesn’t it just make you want to precisely calculate the formula to being so graceful? It’s all so simple to unfold and predict, before you know it you have it all down to a science. Now, how to get noticed? It’s always awkward at first, but afterwards you can just climb up the success latter, and find yourself on the preferred list with the VIP of the congregation. Its cool, we can just treat the church socially like another high school or gathering, what’s the big deal right, its life and we all have to find a way to get where we want. Umm, so let’s see who do I have to step on in order to conquer with my hidden agenda? Who knows a moment of glory can last a lifetime.
And before we know it our hearts are corrupted along with our point of view within the church. The outside world has crept in, and we are to blame. A visitors chair became the petal stools for judgment and criticism, as we automatically labeled each member of the congregation and settled for a cheap exchange of fellowship. Often, I have wondered why is it hard for us not to judge and label. Why can’t we see past our differences and embrace them for their uniqueness. Its very often we forget that being an individual highlights our Creators intelligence and remarkable ability produce what none other can replicate. I can just image Jesus walking into the church and demanding that division be cancelled with the embrace of accepting each other as He has. Can we begin to look into Gods kaleidoscope and find beauty in what separates us? I believe we can learn to look in before we look outward. It’s always easy to find the weeds in your neighbor’s garden, and ignorantly disregard our own yard. I refuse to believe that we have become so conditioned by the world that we can’t break through the standards of Hollywood and media. Church can be Christ centered, and people can genuinely unite for the same cause in and out of the temple. Ideally however it will have to start with us, so let’s infect the cause of unity in the church together.
Source : Maricel Roman