I am that person..
The one, who when she loves something, shares it with the world with megaphone and swishing pom-poms, because I like exposing people to great stuff.
[Even now I must disclose … I am wild about my church.]
But if I am not careful, I can get so focused in my church world that I find myself getting caught up in ways I never intended.
The truth is this happens to us, as churched believers, all the time.
We love the community we have found — the gathering of The Church to be a church in terms that is usually understood to mean buildings and lights and sound equipment and pews or chairs and pastors or deacons or both. But in that place, we can also forget that God is doing big things everywhere. And we can fall into some hidden dangers we never went looking for.
It seems strange to think that children of God, all the same in His eyes, and works of God, seemingly equally ordained or established, would ever find themselves in competition. But it happens. It is this err of, “Our church is the only church that is really doing this or that,” as if we get to decide what kind of work of God is most worthy. We typically base success on numbers, which is the main way our human minds know how to place value on something, though not God’s litmus test at all. When we begin to take a natural love for our church and turn it into a high school football game-type rivalry, we have journeyed into a place that easily gives root to pride, which is dangerous.
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