This Sunday I about spewed my Coca-Cola when I heard our pastor make reference to people that constantly call or email him with complaints about various things about our church.
***PLEASE KNOW: IT IS NOT MY INTENTION TO OFFEND ANY OF MY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS OR SISTERS.***
You see, this is something that has ALWAYS been a pet peeve of mine, too. I mean seriously folks, if you don't like something, then either do something POSITIVE to add value OR KEEP QUIET. I just cannot stand it when people want to make "suggestions" or "complain" about something at church and then have NOTHING TO OFFER. Especially, when it is something TRIVIAL. I mean, if someone is not going to die or get physically hurt because of whatever you are complaining about, then, maybe you need to think seriously before opening your mouth.
You didn't like the music this week?. . . So, it will be different next week anyway.
You felt uncomfortable with the message?. . . Maybe God is trying to tell you something.
You think we need our own building instead of renting the High Shool auditorium?. . . Are YOU going to pay for the land & building? Do you TITHE to help make that possible?
You feel that you are not able to find a church that you "like"?. . . Maybe you need to look inside your heart and see what it is about YOU that makes you feel that way.
You don't like the way the service is set up? . . . Have you thought about volunteering your time to help out?
You wish that there was a specific kind of small group?. . . How about volunteering to lead one in your home?
You see, I have found that when you feel the urge to complain about something in church, it is usually because something is different than what you are used to. Generally, people do not like change.
If you have ever been to our church, well, then you know that our church is different. You see, Pastor Tommy makes no bones about it. . . he preaches DIRECTLY FROM THE WORD OF GOD! This sometimes makes people uncomfortable. At least when you are part of our church, you know where the pastor stands. He stands FIRMLY on the WORD OF GOD! He doesn't act self righteous or like he is better than you because he's a preacher. . . quite the contrary. He will share with you his LIFE and make you aware of his shortcomings, so that you can see that NONE of Christ's followers are perfect. If we were, then we wouldn't need Christ.
Sadly, too many so called "preachers" do not do that. Many pastors that I have encountered over the past several years have either preached "hate" or have preached "acceptance" of things that are completely against God's Holy Word. Or worse, they completely skirt the issues at hand and never seem to broach the "controversial topics". They have leaned too much on "political correctness".
I believe that if there is something that you do not agree with or want something changed, then you need to be part of the SOLUTION. Join a Journey Group! Get plugged in! Volunteer your time to help out on Sunday morning! Don't just sit by and let SATAN whisper in your ear.