Quite awhile ago I shared a poem that I had written entitled “I Don’t Want To Go To Your Church.” My intent with the poem was to share some observations and feelings from the perspective of a first time attender in a church environment. The post was well received for the most part and then out of nowhere I received a lengthy passion-filled comment from a somewhat anonymous person named “Hulk.” Maybe they decided to go by Hulk because they were angry, muscular or maybe even green; nonetheless their comment is below.
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Here is Hulk’s response to my post titled: “I Don’t Want To Go To Your Church.”
“What a true post! I relate 100% with that!
I’m really tired of hearing stuff like what rencal said “God does say ‘come as you are,’ however He does not say ’stay where you are at!’”
God accepts and loves where you are at 100% of the time. The problem is that in the walls of the church, in the middle of all the numb, like-minded, judgmental people, you will find that they hurl stuff like ‘He doesn’t say stay where you’re at’.
There’s no compassion or understanding with where people often find themselves stuck! Be honest, life is hard, problems are hard. Problems are not overcome in 5 seconds, they can take years to work through in your life, and sometimes after making progress you still stuff up!
The church needs people to be honest with where they’re at. The church needs to know how to hear honesty without launching the judgement rocket.
The church, as it is, does not know how to live honestly. It takes people who are searching for truth and engulfs them in a culture of talk. A culture of people that are mask wearers and fakers.
Imagine if somebody in “leadership” were to be honest and talk about where they’re at! Do YOU think the church would accept that? If they were truly honest with the problems that plague their life, they would be stood down from leadership.
So instead of embracing truth and honesty, they are locked away in a lonely closet. They want to change, they want to be accepted for who THEY REALLY ARE, but that can’t be found in the church! They are too busy pretending and judging.
Faye, your church is just like that. You may be welcoming (an evangelistic technique), but what about being real? Church by definition is like that. There is no escape. Churches are filled with modern day Pharisees. The Pharisees today just litter their talk with WORDS like, grace, forgiveness, Jesus, acceptance, but it is all based on performance, position and recognition.
I detest this man-made construct. It is hollow. It is the same as any other group out there. There is no difference in your lives; only denial!
God is nothing like this hell-hole we call church. That’s why I don’t go anymore. Tired of the talk. Couldn’t see any walk.”
Is this what people think about The Church? If so, It’s sad… I’m not saying that some things aren’t true, it’s just dissapointing and sad!