Many people feel disillusioned with the Church today. People without church backgrounds as well as those who grew up in the church are among the unchurched. Is it just that they feel the church is no longer relevant or do they sense something missing?
I’d like to suggest that we as the Church start by looking at the qualities that should characterize us. We must be concerned with who we are, not just what we do. People notice when who we are doesn’t match what we say.
Qualities That Ought to Characterize the Church
- As a Church are we holy and full of truth or morally compromising and wavering?
- Does love and unity flow from us or do people experience condemnation and divisiveness?
As seen in 1 Peter 1:15-16 and 1 John 4:16, we need to measure ourselves against the right standard — God, not ourselves or the world. He defines truth, holiness, and love.
We, the Church, represent Him. If we aren’t presenting a God worthy of people’s devotion, why should they come worship with us?
The next two posts will look at the qualities listed above.