Many times, I’ve wished that I could literally sit down in front of Jesus and ask Him probing questions. Throughout my years of walking with Him, I’ve encountered a number of confusing situations and it all seems to stem from the church. And, when I say church, I don’t mean a building, I mean the people who call themselves “followers of Jesus”, “saved”, “sanctified”, etc.
Since moving here to Oregon, we’ve left three different churches.
The first one had major leadership issues that damaged several ministries, the second was not doctrinely sound and not even preaching the Bible’s plan of salvation and the third compromised way too much on its beliefs.
With the pandemic, now we’re definitely doing church online but it might be that God is using this moment in time to get the church’s attention. And then there’s the racial tensions and because I’m a woman of color, I would have thought that someone in leadership from any of these churches would have reached out to me. I’m not hard to find online. They know my name. I live in a small town and there’s only so many churches here. But, nothing. It’s sad.
And, I want to ask Jesus, why does a church excommunicate a person who leaves and not because they are living in unconfessed sin? Why doesn’t a church look long and hard into what they believe, teach and lead to see there are some problems that need to be addressed? Why when you have a committed saint, do you treat them as if they’re the problem and you let down your guard with the unsaved?
Why would a church turn its back on the people they claim they need who do 90% of the work? Why hasn’t anyone sent me a comment, letter, text? Am I considered an enemy now just because we left their congregation?
All these questions weigh heavily on me because I don’t believe that you should stop being friends with people who leave a church because they have a biblical difference. Now, I’m not talking about things like wearing pants or jewelry to church services. I’m only talking about what the Bible says. That is and must be…my final place to go to for how to live.
This isn’t a “thus sayeth Kim” doctrine. Even, when I don’t want to do something but the Bible says to do this or that, I have to oblige because I love Jesus and I love His Word.
In the crisis we’re living in, it’s even more important to turn to His Word for how we should treat others in and out of the faith. We shouldn’t make distinctions between certain people in the church.
If the world wants racial equality, why doesn’t the church want saints equality? Maybe the answer lies into that in and out of the church, we’re just people with a sinful nature.
So, no matter what happens or where we’ll end up serving again, I have to go on. And one day, maybe all this will make sense when I finally see Jesus.