Facebook feeds have been flooded with political posts lately. As they should; this is a time where we need to be informed. So many changes lead to so many opinions, many of which are contradictory. Changes lead to rifts and judgments. They lead to arguments and anger, and blame.
While many posts have both condemned and affirmed my own thoughts and feelings, the ones that elicit the greatest reaction are the ones laying blame to my faith. To Christianity. Multiple times this Saturday and Sunday, I read on while others criticized Christians of all political beliefs for proclaiming to have an all-loving God. For choosing to go to church to worship him amidst the oppression we keep reading about. Oppression that we should be working to change, no doubt.
This is my response.
I go to church because I have to. Because when the world is chaos, he is constant.
I go to church because it is not the peace of this world that will tame my heart, that will heal what needs to be healed. His peace is not limited by opinions and viewpoints.
I go to church because therein lies my foundation. This love I have to give, this love that the world needs takes root there.
I go to church because I need to. I need clarity that only he provides. I need nourishment for my humanly weak faith. I need to cry and sing out to him, and pray that he hears me.
I go to church because I’m desperate for him. Because I can’t make sense of life around me, while he will use it for good. I can’t see the light at the end, while he is the bearer of that light.
I go to church because I must worship him. Not just a proclamation, but a plea, prayer, and praise all in one. I must have faith that he is on the throne through suffering and through joy.
I go to church because I need a reminder that the church is not four walls and a roof, but the body. That the church is the unity combining all believers to his work.
I go to church because I am a tool in which he can use. Because the heart that is within me is his.
The church is the body, but what is the body without the head? I go to church because Christ is my center, my cornerstone. And in order for the body to take action, he has to remain that way.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory of the church…”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV