By: Contributing Writer, Lakeba Wallace
Is church a place of love, peace and growth? Or, a place of competition, backbiting, hurt, anger and betrayal?
I’m sure everyone will have a different opinion regarding church hurt. Some of us have not experienced hurt in the church and therefore cannot even fathom the idea of someone getting hurt in church. Well, it happens and it happens often.
Some of the leaders in churches are rude, unkind and self centered. Leadership meetings have even been known to be a place of “Show Off” rather than a place of “How Can We Better Serve God’s People”. Members of the church have even been known to fight and argue for certain seats in the church as if the Word of God will only be heard in the front and not on the side or in the back of the church.
Church hurt is an area that no one wants to talk about. Or, if it is talked about the response is this.. “church is a hospital and we all still need to grow.” But when do we grow to a point of understanding and walking out Matthew 7:12 which states, “In everything, therefore treat people the same way you want them to treat you.”
Christians today are too busy trying to get close to the Pastor (by any means necessary) and not busy enough knowing and understanding the Word of God.
The question really isn’t whether church hurt exists or not; because it does in every church. The real question is, how do we deal with it and correct it for the well being of God’s people?
The most important step in correcting church hurt is to admit that it exists. You can not correct a problem or issue until you first recognize that there is a problem/issue. No more over looking and brushing this problem/issue under the carpet. We have to deal with and fix church hurt for the sake of God’s people.
Let’s face it. People would be more apt to attend church and become a vital part of the church community if we were all treated equally in church. What are your thoughts?
Minister Lakeba Wallace