The Ideal Church… or Not

ideal church“Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution” (Acts 6:1).

I find this passage fascinating. When this happened, the Church was being led by the guys who physically walked with Jesus. They heard His voice, and even voice inflections. They saw what He did day by day. They were trained by the best Leader ever. These are the guys anyone would want in charge of their local church, right?

Yet there was still a problem. No matter that the Church was in its infant stages and as close to the original pattern as it ever could be, someone still complained. There were those who were disgruntled.

Honestly, I find comfort here. That Church was as close to the ideal as you could ever get, but they still weren’t perfect. Flaws surfaced. Biases came to light. And someone let other people know about it.

It’s possible you might not be 100% satisfied with everything that happens at your church. Maybe some things seem to not be thoroughly thought through. Perhaps there are quirks of those in leadership that irritate you.

Guess what. Here on earth you’ll never be part of a perfect church. It just won’t happen. And maybe – just maybe – learning to deal in a godly way with the things that bug us is part of God’s plan for conforming us into His image.

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One Response to The Ideal Church… or Not

  1. Beck Gambill says:

    I don’t know if that’s encouraging or if it makes me want to cry! Not even the first church was a perfect church, that’s quite a thought and provides good perspective.

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