Numerous articles of late have contributed to the ‘woe is me’ about the church. Statistics show church attendance waning in many sectors of USA. There is much wringing of hands that the church as we know it is done for.
This thinking, which leads to fearful emotions, especially among clergy, is unbiblical and based, at root, on a human centered theology.
It’s not your church, it’s HIS!
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)
Maybe the reason we freak out is that we spend more time reading books about the church and how to accomplish this and that than we do listening to King Jesus through His word, and responding to His words to us in prayer. I recently saw a post that called into question our love of God if we don’t love reading His word. Tough words. But pose an important question.
Could your problem with fear for the church be that you love the church people and the act of worship more than you actually love God?