“Churches need to do more things for singles.”
“You should do more for kids.”
“How come you don’t do more stuff for widows?”
“I don’t see a ministry for single moms, why not?”
“Why doesn’t your church do any drug rehab programs?”
“Pastors should focus on men. We need more men in church.”
“Families. You gotta get the families.”
The world likes to shove people in categories based on external identifiers. There is no unity; only groups of people banding together whining for special treatment.
Churches have fallen into this same trap. I imagine it started with dividing churches up by age groups and then slid down the slope to where we are now.
Wherever it started, we need to stop it.
Anyone who walks into a church and immediately wonders where the ministry is to their little group they think they fit in, should just walk right back out.
OK, that was a little harsh, but we don’t need that. The church has many members in one body. Churches aren’t all about each individual part of the body, but on the health of the whole thing with Christ as the head.
One of the beautiful things about Christianity is that it gets you beyond you. “It is no more I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.” In Christ there is no bond nor free, no Jew nor Gentile, no male nor female. We’re not focusing on us and our temporal identities but rather on our larger spiritual identity in Christ.
Most divisions into groups, in the world anyway, center on getting stuff. One voice won’t get as much as a group of voices. Us vs. Them usually happens too. Grouping up leads to anger, jealousy, and hostility, as the current division in our nation shows.
Walking into a church wondering where your group is that will bear your burden rather than wondering how you can help bear the burdens of another is backwards and the opposite of what Christ did for us in the Gospel.
The irony is that I’ve seen people with massive burdens bear others’ burdens quite well. Whereas many who have no real burdens force others to take care of everything they do. It’s an amazing sight to behold. Most people clamoring for the church to start something for their little group fall into the latter category in my observation.
We’re not to be conformed to the world. The world separates into groups. The broad road that leads to destruction can fit groups of people down it, marching hand in hand. The strait gate forces you to walk through alone and then ushers you into the Great Cloud of Witnesses.
You deal with God alone, not with your group. Stop it with the groups already and lose yourself in the Body of Christ.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”