The purpose of this area is two fold. When you are hurt you need to vent, and I believe that we need to pray for the repentance of our people. In the Old Testament there are occasions [plenty] where some one would apologize to God and ask forgiveness for things the nation of Israel did. You vent, I and whoever else, will repent and ask forgiveness . I might not have done it, but if my brother or sister did, I still need to ask for mercy and ask the Holy Spirit to bring repentance and redemption. I have a few of these, so I will start out.
I was once a deacon in a church, and very active, working on the building and even preaching on occation. My wife’s mother died, and a lot of baggage floated to the surface. At that time she was a believer but not baptised. The denomination i was in fellowship with put great weight on baptism , the weight of salvation. I asked the Pastor to come visit my wife to console her and perhaps even lead her to be baptised. He informed me he would take either Visa or master Card to do grief counseling as he had just earned his Clinical Psych degree. I was floored. I was worried about her soul not her mind. I never went back to that church. it felt like a divorce, my friends my ministry vaporized in one fell swoop. That should not have happened.
Ever had a real bad church day? I was just a kid in “the big church” downtown. Things got off to a rough start in Sunday School, as I gave the answer to a question, “Jesus Christ” and the deacon’s son said,”OOH, you cursed.” I knew he was not the saltiest chip in the bag, but I was looking for a little support, none to be found. Now it was time to go upstairs to the Sanctuary. I loved that huge pipe organ! We all wore our Sunday best back then, As I rounded the first set of steps I was met by the Hat brigade. The head hat lady took the arm of my sport coat between thumb and finger and said, “Your father’s business must be slow this year.” [It was, but Easter was coming, and that was when I got my new clothes.] Never went back to worship there again. I guess I was 12, my parents weren’t church goers but my excitement to go to the “big church ” died that day. In fact I never went back to a church until I was reborn. Kids are like that. They jump to conclusions and generalize. But then, that should not have happened.
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