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Where Is The Love?

Is it just me or is the church taking a bad wrap lately? Almost every other day now I hear about poll results listing how more young people are leaving the church. Or some "supposedly" harmless jesting on a Youtube video from users like ThePlaymakers or Emmanuel & Phillip Hudson. Has the church just become a place full of judgemental hypocrites in the worlds eyes? That's what it seems like.

Foolish or Funny?
One video blatantly states that 'church people' are "The main ones who be judging folks when they the main ones doing wrong themselves". Where does this negative perception come from? and should we really be laughing at this? I'll admit that this one video by the Playmakers on Shouting is hilarious, but how far is too far to go with the mockery? Laughing is good for the soul, but there are still some boundaries that shouldn't be crossed.

Where is the Love? The Church is and always will be the center of importance for not just spiritual, but total well being.

Romans 12:3-5 3. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5. so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.


In any case We should all be uplifting each other, as the church and as citizens of the world. We should definitely practice sober judgment. I definitely won't stand by and agree or laugh at every video that comes out. Life requires seriousness, also help and Church is definitely the place to get it. The best thing to do is use our own discernment and discretion with certain things. So, is all this funny or is it just blasphemy? No matter whether it is or not, the church always will be of the ultimate relevance to life.

Yesterday I came across a micro story on Facebook, which I loved so much that I shared like five times, I guess this will make the 6th. Special thanks to Joyce for sharing it. It really sums up exactly who the church really is and exactly what it means to society:

Death of the Church"
(Author Unknown)

A new minister in a small Oklahoma town spent the first four days desperately calling on the membership, begging them to come to his first services . . . He failed.

He placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that as the church was dead, it was his duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon,...
the notice said.

Morbidly curious the whole town turned out. In front of the pulpit, they saw a high coffin, smothered in flowers. The minister read the obituary and delivered a eulogy; he then invited his congregation to step forward and pay their respects to the dearly beloved who had departed.

The long line filed by. Each mourner peeped into the coffin and then turned away with a guilty, sheepish look. For in the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror. Everyone saw himself.

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)

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