* note: I repost this blog every so often as a reminder of the importance of Church *
Let me start today with a good ol' Protestant Brag.
I have attended church my whole life, and not just Sunday mornings, I often am there again on Wednesdays too. I accepted Jesus into my heart at age 6, was baptized at age 14, and have been married to a wonderful Christian woman for almost 35 years!
Besides going to church, I go to work, pay my bills, and drive in rush hour traffic that would test Mother Theresa's inner goodness. I aspire to be like Jesus and so I am a pretty pretty good guy, BUT.. (NEWS FLASH) I am not so perfect. I am not really any better (or worse) than those who never darken the door of a local church. Let's just say I am a lifelong member of the 'Flawed Folk Fellowship'.
The friendly members of 'Flawed Folk Fellowship' are known for their welcoming slogan 'No Perfect People Allowed' but this also could serve as a disclaimer much like you hear at the end of one of those prescription med ads on TV.
ie.. CURElanta may be right for you. <pause> BUT.. some taking CURElanta "may experience tingling toes, a bloody nose, itchy ears, swollen rear, and.. in rare cases internal combustion.
Our Flawed Folk disclaimer could be..
Flawed Folk Fellowship might be right for you. <pause> Some attending FFF have reported involuntary hand raising, amen praising, the impulsive utterance of a hallelujah roar, or even a 'manly' Sunday sermon snore.
While I of course share this with a smirk.. the Church is really flawed. Every church, and every body who sits in the front or back pew, or a folding chair are hopelessly flawed. Some call the Church a collection of hypocrites. We hold up a Biblical standard, but often fall miserably short of that very standard. BUT for all us flawed folk there is the God's Grace.
Note: Our primary reason for Church is to Worship God, and not to compare our own relative spiritualities or note each others flaws.
Oh the worship may not be perfect, and the sermon may sometimes wander, but there is no better place to be than in God's House. To sing God's praise even with my 'flawed' friends and welcome visitors to this priceless mess.
My prayer for each of you today is to find your own Flawed Folk Fellowship. To share, and support each other in our struggles, and to worship together the one true God of our Bibles is priceless.
Jeff (slightly flawed) Larson
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson