“I hate church!” Those words stung as I heard them, but clearly that is how some people feel. Whatever the reason, that is their mantra and they’re sticking to it.
So, I can’t help but brainstorm how to respond to that viewpoint. I recently heard someone say, “People will always hurt and disappoint us.” That’s a good point to consider when thinking about the church, which is really a group of people. We’ve all had bad experiences with others, but in most instances, we don’t choose to quit altogether.
Have you ever had a bad date, been disappointed with a movie, or eaten a crummy meal at a restaurant? Did you decide to never date, never see another movie, or never eat out again? Of course not.
Another idea may be to point out that church is basically a hospital or triage for sinners. Most are there because we recognize we need help. We cannot live the Christian life alone. Unfortunately, like any place, there will be people at church gatherings who say and do hurtful things.
Sadly, we may need to inform others that everyone who calls themselves a Christian may not truly be one. True Christians should be bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, etc. (Galatians 5:22-23).
The only other response I can think of is for us to love those “church haters” with everything we’ve got and pray for God to change their hearts. Jesus instructed us to be salt and light. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Finally, I hope God will provide just the right opportunity for us to be a witness and eventually invite them to church.
Let’s be winsome to win some!