I am not exactly sure who wrote this letter, but I know that is was not me. It was put together by a self identified pastor of a small church in the bible belt. I stumbled upon it some time ago and had a mixture of emotions and thoughts. It was convicting, powerful, disappointing, gracious, blunt, and also very very ... true... in my experience.
I share it with you now here:
Hello my name is church,
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am...
- A waste of time
You’ve heard that I am full of:
- Greedy people
- The self-righteous
Maybe you have visited me before and discovered:
- Horrible music
- Passionless singing
- Dry preaching
- Rude congregants
Maybe you needed me and I was:
- Too busy
- Too “righteous”
- Too broke
- Too blind
Maybe you joined me and found I was:
Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by:
- Business meetings
Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody:
- Invited you back
Perhaps your experience has driven you to:
- Speak negatively of me
- Swear to never come back to me
- Proclaim that no one needs me
- Believe you’re better off without me
If this is true, I have something to say to you:
- I’m sorry
- I was wrong
- I blew it
- I made a huge mistake
But remember, I never said my name was:
My name is church. I welcome the:
I welcome the
I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you:
But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room. In the Old Testament there was a division between the:
In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was:
Which is far worse than being:
So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people:
- Challenge you
- Sharpen you
- Strengthen you
- Humble you
I can’t promise you that the people will be great. This is church. It’s not:
- Beulah Land
- The Celestial city
- God wants you here.
- The body needs you here.
- The world needs your witness here.
- You belong here.
Hello, my name is church.
- I miss you.
- I love you.
- I’m sorry.
Can’t wait to see you.