Thinking Outside The Box
Where’s the Complaint Department in this Church?
Church, should be a place of refuge. It’s where we meet with God. It’s where we hear God speak. It’s where we join forces with people who are one with us. So why do people complain in church, about church, about other members, about the Pastor, about the music, about the volume, about bible class, about the building, about the color of the carpets, about the video screen, about the lack of a video screen, about, about, about…? As I see it, if our churches were perfect, we could not belong. And if we want a better Pastor, we should pray for the one that God has so graciously given to us.
I’m Looking at the Man in the Mirror!
We complain because we are sinners. We think that worship is greener at the other church. The problem is that this cycle never ends. It is endless because the problem is usually not the church or the Pastor. It’s usually the person in the mirror. It’s you and it’s me.
The Suggestion Box
A “Suggestion Box” is usually a bad idea. You will find that it can serve as an anonymous complaint box. The box can overflow with breakage of the eighth commandment. Rather, we need to be open, honest, helpful, respectful, kind, courteous; we need the gifts of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control), not the fists of Satan.
The Answer Box
The answer is never division. It’s not quarreling among ourselves. It’s not finger pointing. The answer is never easy. The best answer is prayer. Prayer works because it’s you speaking to God and God responding. Responding in your thoughts, responding with events gloriously unfolding around you, responding through coincidences, responding with His will for you. The answer takes time. It takes patience. Time heals because God invented time.
Think Outside the Box!
So, you don’t need a suggestion box.
Don’t put God in a box either. He is bigger than you know.
Don’t put your Pastor in a box.
You don’t need a better Pastor. He has not been cookie-cutter stamped out like all the other Pastors that have preceded him. He is unique and fashioned by God to suit the needs of your congregation.
The Prayer Box
What you do need is a prayer box.
This prayer box is called your heart. That’s what the gifts of the Spirit are. Look again. Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control. All from the heart. I call these – “the peacemakers.” So no more complaining about your church or your Pastor!