Read 2 Corinthians 12
Have you been hurt by the church?
Everyone who has been to church has to one degree or another. I have repeatedly.
One of my earliest memories of church was finding out my girlfriend was breaking up with me. As I sat in the restroom crying, two boys came in and pulled a knife, demanding my money. I fought them until the youth leader came in and broke it up. We were all reprimanded for fighting and I was sent to sit with my parents, threatened that if it happened again, I would be asked not to return.
As a senior in high school, I committed a sin which was also a violation of the law. While going through the legal system, I attended a church my family was becoming more and more involved in. With my father’s support, I told the preacher about my sin. He told me my punishment would be standing before the congregation and confessing my sin to them. I was mortified, and we quickly stopped going.
Newly married, my wife and I were attending a church with my parents. We loved the church and our Sunday School class. As the years went on, people came and went. We had a daughter who was a toddler by then, and as the others in our class started having newborns, we were invited to less and less events. We lost the fire pushing us to church and none of our friends contacted us to find out where we were. This hurt us deeply.
We didn’t attend any church for a few years until my daughter asked us back to our current church. It was there that I was confronted with my stereotype of church. They were a loving and welcoming church. This was where I knew I needed to be.
If you’ve been hurt by the church, you have two choices, remain a victim, or face your fear. I urge you to do the latter. Don’t wait, now is the best time. Find a church, begin visiting them. Believe it or not, you are weak, and you need Jesus. When you are weak with Jesus, then you are strong.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10