Earlier this week, we talked about why we choose our churches. Read the post before this one. Here’s a quick synopsis of the previous post in case you would rather not read the whole thing: We choose our churches because they look like us. This post is more of a part 2 to the previous post, “Why Did You Choose Your Church,” to further elaborate.
Ultimately, we’re seeking segregated churches because we desire to be around people that are just like us. Note that segregation here doesn’t solely characterize a church segregated based off of skin color. Churches form based on alternative lifestyles, worship styles, family atmospheres, age demographics, etc., all of the time.
A young, tattooed 20-something isn’t going to pick a church filled with white-haired, elderly, hymn-singers.
And this is okay. Honestly, it is. Doing so creates a diversity of worship that invites more and more people to “come as they are.”
However, the problem lies in our insistence that we complete our Christianly duty by attending church once or twice a week.
We gather with those like us on the weekends and maybe throughout the week, all the while continuing to ignore those around us who are unlike us.
This mindset must stop. Most of the time, we do this out of ignorance than a willful spite.
We must learn to be present in every situation and look for moments where we can step out of our comfort zones and engage with God in society. This means we must be open to interacting with those who are very unlike us. This means the tattooed 20-something must make a voluntary choice to invest into the lives of the white-haired, elderly, hymn-singer, even though the two have little in common.
The church consists of the greater church body. Often, though, our church walls stifle us into thinking we can only do church within those walls. Learn to break down the boundaries and step out into God’s will.
Start the process by watching and interacting with this video from Proskuneo Ministries.