I knew I was just as flawed as they were, but that didn’t help me care to be involved with them again.
What actually brought me around, after several years, was seeing its potential–what the Church was meant to be and what it is becoming.
One day, a verse from Romans hit me from a new angle: Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Until then, I’d interpreted that verse in light of the unbelieving world. As in, “Don’t be overcome by evil in the world, but overcome it by telling them about Jesus.”
Suddenly I saw it in the context of a Church filled with hurt, broken, and forgiven-yet-still-sinning people.
Overcome evil *in the Church* with good. This is the revelation that opened up to me that day, and it’s been on my mind ever since.
What about you?
Do you have a redeemed relationship with the Church? Is it on the way to getting there, or are you in a place of necessary separation right now?
What’s the story of *your* relationship with the Church?