Why do we go to church?
Is it to feel apart of something? To belong? To have fellowship? To hear the Word of God? I think we need to ask ourselves why we go to church. What is our motivation? The reason I ask this is because I think we have all forgotten the role of Christian churches.
In my small town I have seen so much break up and destruction within the church. I have seen churches become nothing but cliques or clubs. New people just get in the way of their time to socialize and exclusively fellowship. I chalk it up to human error. We make church about us and not about our neighbor. We want to have a title (elder, children's pastor, greeter etc.) and forget that we should be servants. It truly breaks my heart because I find it hard to invite friends or family to church.
I am just to blame. I have found myself doing the same thing throughout my life. But God has convicted me. Open up the Bible and read what Jesus told His disciples before He left them. John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Do all men know that you are a disciple of Christ by how you treat and love others? It might be a good time to start. This verse is not something just to put on your wall as decoration. It is about time we as Christians start obeying and loving each other. Maybe if we start loving each other we will truly understand just how much our God loved us.