I recently had a conversation with someone who brought up people who can’t find a church home, or on the other hand, who think that there’s is the only true church. Today I want to discuss church hopping, and I honestly, sincerely hope you’re offended in such a way that you’ll stop and honestly examine your life according to the Scriptures. The majority of complaints I hear about churches have less to do with theology and doctrine (although, there are, admittedly, a lot of churches with bad doctrine and theology, especially when they make church about everything BUT the Gospel, and make the Scriptures about feelings, politics, or anything BUT restoration to God through Christ), and more to do with personal tastes. Yet peeling back the layers to get to the heart of the issue, most of the time, people’s issues with the Church don’t even have to do with taste, but the fact that God is convicting them, and they want to remain comfortable. The issues of music, and comfort are all a front to cover what we’re trying to hide.
And that is what we’ve done from the beginning. This past Sunday, we went through Genesis 3, and when confronted with his sin, Adam tried to blame God and his wife (this woman YOU gave me), Eve tried to blame the serpent, and both tried to hide from God and one another. When we church hop, there may be valid reasons we’re trying to find “the right church,” but how often it is that we really are just trying to hide our sins, guilt and shame! We can hide them from one another, sure. But God knows where we’re hiding, what we’ve done, and what we should have done. It has been my experience that the loudest complainers typically are trying to shed light on something/someone else to keep the spotlight off of themselves. What are you trying to hide? Confess, repent, and remember: God is faithful and just to forgive. You will never find a church where you can hide from Him. Let it go. Give up your shame, He has covered you in Christ Jesus.
1 John 1:
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.