Which Bride Do You Belong To?

Bride of Frankenstein

Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her…”

For many years now I have observed a growing trend of people being disgruntled with the church to the point of leaving it or redefining a whole new expression of Christian community. This is no recent phenomenon as people have questioned the role of the church in society for 2000 years.

There isn’t anything wrong with questions. Good questions should hopefully lead to good answers. I do think though that some of the redefining of what Christian community looks like in the current landscape flows from a negative perspective of the Bride of Christ as a whole.

It appears like criticising the church is the ‘in thing’ to do. Finding what’s wrong with the church has become a universal pastime and it seems like many of us feel like it’s our God-given right to do so.

How we view the church is a result of our worldview. Everyone of us have a worldview (the way we see the world) and when our worldview has been affected by a negative experience or a paradigm contrary to ours, we tend to form an opinion or a conviction that leads to us looking at the world in a certain way.

When it comes to some people’s worldview of the church, you would think that they belonged to the BRIDE of FRANKENSTEIN not the BRIDE of CHRIST! I think this is largely a matter of attitude, perspective and worldview. If you look hard enough at the church through a negative worldview, you are going to find problems… The church has always had problems within it and always will because there are people in it and we are the problem.

However, if you look at the church for what is right about it, you will discover that there are so many things going for it and the role that it plays in the world is not only critical but very needed. 

How do you see the church? Do you see it as the Bride of Frankenstein or the Bride of Christ? It all depends on the lens through which you are looking at it. Jesus loves the Church, warts and all, and he gave himself up for her. Jesus is coming back for a pure & spotless bride and we can choose to become part of the solution or part of the problem. It all comes back to our worldview.

Don’t let offense and the issues of others shape your worldview of the church. It doesn’t matter what challenges a church faces, everything is redeemable because Jesus is still the head of the church and he is sovereign over it all.

Lead the Change!

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