Read Matthew 22:34-40
One of the ways Christians fall away from the church is by bullying. When we think of bullying, we think of schoolyard troubles and children fighting.
Bullying can also be emotionally or mentally abusive. I have visited churches whose members were so clique-ish that I immediately felt unwelcome when I walked in the door. Much like a clean cut young man walking into a biker bar (which I’ve done as well).
I’ve been to churches where the members turn their nose up to sinners who enter into their midst, and churches where I was physically assaulted (I was mugged in the bathroom as a child).
These actions have all combined to make me very on-guard at church. My goal at any church I attend and become a member of is to make everyone feel welcome. I would hate to think that I made anyone feel unwelcome in the house of The Lord.
Is there anything you are doing to make people feel unwelcome at church? Do you have animosity toward anyone at church? Please drop it so that you may make everyone feel welcome. Jesus says we should love our neighbor as ourselves. Certainly those you attend church with are your neighbor. Look no further than the story of the Good Samaritan to see how far you should go to help your neighbor. (Luke 10:25-37).
Have you been bullied at church? I know it may be hard, but you will be richly blessed by visiting churches in your area until you find one that makes you feel welcome. If you live in Northern Johnson or Southern Tarrant counties, I invite you to Bar Cross Ranch Cowboy Church. If not, do find one you can feel welcome and make others feel welcome.
“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”