I have had quite a few conversations lately that involved a discussion about “church folk.” Unfortunately, none of these conversations were about church folk being presented in a positive light. I love my Christian brothers and sisters, but it seems like “church folk” are in a class by themselves.
No one is perfect and when we make mistakes, we should be able to find understanding and support in the church. But it seems like church folk are known to be some of the most unforgiving bunch of people in our society. Brothers and sisters, this ought not be so! Prostitutes, addicts, alcoholics, homosexuals, adulterers, whoremongers, idolaters, murderers, fornicators, teen mothers, the homeless, etc. all need Jesus and just where are they supposed to find Him? The most likely place would be the church, however, the very people who should show them the love of God, church folk, instead are known to show them judgment and ridicule.
We are supposed to be leading people to Christ, but instead, we are turning them away. We sing the songs, listen to the sermons and say “amen,” we shout and get happy, all while turning our nose up at someone and refusing to speak to them. Or, we speak to them—then turn around and speak about them. And then we wonder why society is truly jacked up.
It’s almost as if church folk have amnesia; like they have forgotten that they once were unsaved and sin-ridden. As if they don’t have a past (and some are still living it). Too many people are self-righteous, forgetting that righteousness comes from God.
Church folk don’t seem to realize that they are passing judgment on others. It’s almost like mass hysteria. One person or group may lead this “public opinion,” then the next thing you know it spreads like wildfire. It’s absolutely sad and crazy at the same time.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you talk badly about people (what they’re wearing, what they did last night, their hairstyle, their makeup, their cologne, etc.) in church?
2. Do you ever refuse to acknowledge people in church?
3. Do you believe that people shouldn’t come to church unless they have “church clothes” on? And what if they don’t own any church clothes or have the money for any?
4. When the collection plate comes around, do you get a poor opinion of the person who doesn’t put anything in?
5. Do you believe that you are better than some of the other people because you have nicer clothes, a nicer car, and a nicer house, than most people?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you are a part of the “church folk” that’s preventing people from seeking Jesus. The Bible says, “Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” Romans 14:13 (AMP) Don’t be a stumbling block or a hindrance to anyone, especially someone who is seeking Jesus. And if other church folk are baiting you into exhibiting ungodly behavior, then shoot, REBUKE THEM! Pray for them and for yourself, and resolve to being more Christ-like starting at that moment.
Remember, God wants EVERYONE to come to Him through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. You did it. Don’t be like “church folk” and prevent someone else from doing it.
It’s time to exhibit the love of God, church folk. Let’s get to it!