The Broken Church

My wife and I had several of our grandchildren staying with us this past weekend. We call it “Camp Grandmother”. One of the things they like to do is go for a ride on some back roads in the bed of my pickup. I was asking one of the little ones, Michael, where he wanted to go. He said, “I want to go to the broken church.” Well the broken church is a deserted, fallen down church of years past. Standing outside that church, I can almost hear the singing and worship being offered to God. I can see the many dinners on the lawn, share in the joy of weddings and sorrow of funerals. The birth announcements and baptisms filled it’s walls at one time. Where did the people go? I really don’t know, but it is somewhat sad. It makes me appreciate my church building and church Family even more. Yes, there is conflict within any church and certainly conflict within any family. Often conflict can bring people closer together and make a relationship stronger. 1 John 5:4a; “For everyone born of God overcomes the world.” Most people want to avoid conflict. However, with conflict can come new ideas and challenges. 1 Peter 3:17; “It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” Opportunities for growth and constructive changes, opportunities to hear others ideas and then work together for a beneficial solution. We must not dwell on the conflict but look toward the solution. James 1:2-3; “Consider it pure joy, my brother, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” My only question is; are you part of the conflict or part of the solution?
Bill Davis