Maybe you've heard that annoying song "I Am the Church." I'll bet you're singing it right now and wishing you weren't..."I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together!" Cheesy? Annoying? YES! True? I'm afraid it should be but it is not.
The mentality seems to be, at least in America, that I am all the church needs. And when the church doesn't conform to me, then I go elsewhere. If I don't like something, then I must hit the road because I am the church.
Since when? It sure doesn't sound to me when I read Scripture that this is God's plan for us. I foolishly thought that Jesus really wanted us to be together through thick and thin, in comfort and discomfort, in strife and in peace, in tribulation and in celebration. I guess I just misunderstood what He prayed for us.