By DANNY MINTON
Finding a “church home” is one of those things that people put a lot of thought into before deciding where to invest their lives. It’s important to us all to find a group with whom we connect. So, if you’re looking for a church home or just one to visit. I thought I’d let you know what kind of people you can find when you come to my church. It always helps to know something about a group before you walk through the doors, so here are my observations.
When you come to my church, you’ll find several hypocrites. Then there is just about every sin represented that you can imagine. We have liars, cheats, alcoholics, gossipers, complainers and short-tempered people to name a few. There are different viewpoints on just about anything you can think of and some very strongly opinionated folks that hang around. We have people who are divorced and people who have been in prison. We have people whose marriages are struggling and who are having difficulty raising their children. If you come to my church, you’ll find a lot of imperfect people.
So if you are looking for a church to visit that is full of perfect Christians you probably should pass us by and keep looking elsewhere. That’s one thing you won’t find here. But if you decide to stop by, what you will find are a lot of imperfect people who want their lives to be more like Jesus. You will find everyday people with everyday problems who know that the only solution is to turn their lives around to be like our Savior. They do not profess to be better than the people on the street but do proclaim that they want to be better than they are now.
If you stop by you’ll find people who will accept you and love you because they know we all have struggles in our lives. Nobody is perfect. Nobody is without fault. Nobody can stand up and say they have never failed their Lord. At my church, there are people of all areas of life with all kinds of struggles who just want to do better.
So if you want to find a place where people are just like you, if you want a place where you can be loved and accepted no matter what has taken over your life, stop by, our doors are open. If you want a place where you will see people of various colors and races, people with suits and street clothes, people of all classes of life, people old and young and people of all education levels mingling together, worshiping together and loving each other for whose they are and not who they are then you might want to stop by and give us a try.
I remember the story of a man who had the opportunity to see what Hell was like. When he got there, he saw a big long table with all sorts of food on it. Everyone sitting at the table was thin and starving. The reason was that they all had four-foot spoons tied to their hands and they couldn’t get the food to their mouths. The man said he didn’t like this so asked to see what Heaven offered. When he got there, it was the same scene except the people were well fed and happy. The difference was where in Hell they couldn’t get the spoons to their mouths, in heaven they were feeding each other.
At my church, we are far from being perfect. However, at my church, I pray you will always be welcomed and well fed!
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22
Danny Minton is Pastoral Minister and Elder at Southern Hills Church of Christ