Musings On The State Of The Church


photo of brown wooden cross at cliff
photo of brown wooden cross at cliff

It's another election year, and all eyes are on how Christians engage with politics. Elections often bring out the worst in people, making it challenging to distinguish between Christians and non-Christians as both get caught up in negativity toward opponents. The Church struggles to find relevance after inadvertently becoming irrelevant in the system through their actions or inactions.

It's disheartening to see the Church falter in its role as a moral compass and societal guide. Instead of shining brightly, the Church is entangled in political rifts and personal biases, resulting in diminished credibility and influence among believers and non-believers.

As Christians, we are called to be agents of positive change in the world, bringing healing, unity, and love to a fractured society. Regrettably, our behavior and words during election periods have often been far from loving and unifying, succumbing to the divisive and hateful discourse prevalent in society.

It is crucial for the Church to reflect on its mission and purpose. We need to assess if we are truly embodying the teachings of Jesus by loving our neighbors, seeking justice, and fostering peace and reconciliation.

Merely existing within church buildings and attending Sunday services is insufficient. We must actively engage with the world around us by stepping out of our comfort zones, engaging in dialogue with those holding different views, and being open to learning from them.

As Christians, we are called to represent Christ in every aspect of our lives, including politics. Our allegiance should always be to God and His Kingdom, not to political affiliations. We must uphold the values of the Kingdom in the political realm rather than letting our political views shape our understanding of the Kingdom.

The Church must reclaim its role as a prophetic voice by speaking out against injustice, advocating for the marginalized, and challenging oppressive systems. We need to strive for a more just and compassionate society, reflecting God's heart in our actions.

Ultimately, the state of the Church mirrors the state of our hearts. To see change in the Church, we must first examine our lives and attitudes, repent of our shortcomings, and align with Jesus' teachings.

In navigating the complexities of today's political landscape, we must remember that our ultimate hope lies not in political figures or systems but in the transformative work of Jesus Christ, which brings reconciliation and change.

Let's aim to be a Church characterized by love, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to justice, reflecting God's heart and offering hope to a world in need.