Is Your Church Safe?

Posted on October 1, 2011


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. —  John 3:16, 17 

Have you ever attended a church where criticism and condemnation run as thick as molasses and by the time you exit the building you can barely walk because of all the negativity and self-centeredness? 

I sure have…   

  • You have to dress a certain way
  • You have to use the KJV only
  • You have to sing hymns only
  • You have to eat this way
  • You…………………… You get the point

This type of church environment can drain individuals and churches of peace, hope, and life.  

  • I agree we should not be rocking the music on Sabbath morning, but hymns only is pushing it to far.  
  • I agree women should not be exposing too much flesh in church, but making a person feel so uncomfortable and judged that she stops attending is pushing it to far.
  • I agree we should set a good example at fellowship meal time, but cashew and Special K casserole dishes only is pushing it to far.

Church needs to be a “safe” place where people are eager to attend… “I can’t wait to go to church this Sabbath!”  If we are Christ-like in the way we do church… marriages would be healed, relationships would be mended, children would be happy, Christ would be lifted up, members would be discipled, and mission would be in focus.  

A healthy church is a place where prostitutes, homosexuals, addicts, homeless, etc. feel welcome and accepted no matter how they are dressed or how they smell or what they believe.  Ladies wearing skirts to high and shirts to low need to feel welcome and accepted in church.  Parents with noisy and disobedient children need to feel welcome and accepted in church.  People struggling with addictions need to feel welcome and accepted in church.  Just because they are in church (where they should be) does not mean we have to give them positions of leadership and influence. 

Church needs to be a place where people from all walks of life come together to grow together… worship together… pray together… eat together… and more.    

I hope and pray your church is a safe place for all people to get to know Jesus and grow in His amazing grace.