When you’re “not ready to make nice” with the church
You could hear a pin drop last week at Seneca Creek. We broke open the conversation by giving people permission to step out if it was too intense or painful. I admitted that I’ve been the source of church wounds at times in the past 27 years.
Then we rolled up our sleeves and carefully explored ways to move toward healing. Why? Because if Jesus cares about anything, it’s about healing and restoring the broken places in our lives. ESPECIALLY in the church, which is his bride.
I’ve heard too many horror stories of the wounds people carry around. (I even reached out to a handful of people last week to make sure I understood some of the pain they carried from church wounds.) Some of them are in the category of immoral, illegal, and inhumane. Other wounds avoid those labels, but still bring a truckload of pain. So if you, or someone you care about has an open church wound, my prayer for you is that you would find real healing in the power of the gospel.
If you missed last Sunday, check out the podcast here. And if you were with us, but need to talk about your journey, please let us know. If we can’t help you personally, we will do everything we can to connect you with someone who can.
Because when church wounds remain unhealed, everyone loses. And Jesus’ perspective, to quote one author, is, “If you’re going to love me, you’re going to have to make nice with my bride.”
Let’s become a church where healing happens…even for the wounds we inadvertently inflict on one another.
– Pastor Mark