Thought for the Week
Are you one of those people who when you buy something like a washing machine or a new television you always take out the extended guarantee?
For an extra £100 or so you’re promised that if anything goes wrong with what you’ve bought in the next three or five years it will be replaced or repaired free of charge and no questions asked.
I’ve been persuaded in the past to buy that kind of guarantee and my experience has been that when questions have been asked some reason has been found for why the guarantee that was supposed to cover everything didn’t cover what had gone wrong.
Don’t you just hate it when that happens? But maybe you find that happens with churches?
The Church can appear to promise so much but when it actually comes to delivering what’s promised we seem to fall short.
One of the most common accusations I’ve heard levelled against churches is that they’re full of hypocrites.
Is that one reason you don’t go to church?
But the Church was never meant for just perfect people. The Church is meant for people who are on a journey from what they’re like to what God wants them to become, and that can be a long journey.
Jesus once said that He came to heal those who were not just physical invalids but those who are spiritual invalids too.
Churches, like hospitals, are for people who want to get better. So if there are imperfect people in churches who haven’t yet become what God wants us to be then that’s no great surprise.
We’re still a work in progress and God is working on us, so don’t let our shortcomings put you off coming to church. Rev. Brian J Graham www.cambuslangbaptistchurch.org.uk