I’m told that one thing that will keep a person out of the church is the people. From the attendees warming up the church pews to the ones who are called to stand up front before the congregation to preach. I’ve heard the following sayings before from family, friends, and strangers: “There’s too many fake people”; “It’s a house of Hippocrates”; “These people act totally different outside church during the week.”
As a person who grew up in the church and as a human being(flawed), I can confirm that it’s all true. Yes there are phonies within the church walls. Yes people say and preach one thing but do the exact opposite. Yes there are some attendees who put on their holy mask for the church service but act like the rest of the world once they exit the church doors. Such people existed in the Bible. Jesus Christ himself called out on the Pharisees for their hypocrisy.
I sympathize with those of you who didn’t have a good experience because of the church’s attendees. But let us as ask ourselves this question, should our focus be on the people, or should our focus be on Jesus? At some point we have to stop using others as an excuse for not being where we should be. If we are sick, do we not go to a hospital? If we want an education, do we not go to school? If our car need maintenance do we not go to a shop?
People in this world, whether they be family; friends; significant others; coworkers; leaders; church members at some point are going to disappoint you. That doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t have these people in your life; you should. It just means that you shouldn’t put all your complete confidence in people like they are perfect beings. Even Lucifer and a third of the angels in Heaven made a bad decision. The only perfect being is God. So why not put your complete faith, trust, and focus in Him?
As we walk into these hospitals(churches) let not our main focus be on who is in and out that building, but on the one whose presence is everywhere.