Dear Church Folks,
Today I am here to tell you about:
- How some of you push away folks that aren’t church folks.
- How some of you don’t take up being active in the community you reside in.
- How some of you create a toxic environment for new and old church members.
So, before I get started, this is not a church bash nor major read, this is simply me telling you about the church and how y’all can fix certain problems. I think it’s also necessary for me to tell you about how I serve and believe in Christ, but I am not a Christian (watch video below if you don’t understand). Although this is the case, I have grown up in a congregation, so I feel as though I should point out some things that I’ve observed while there.
Let me start off by talking about how some churches (specifically black churches) have a nasty habit of pushing away folks that want to join the church and want to turn their life over to God. If they don’t come in looking all holy, you turn them away. If they are a part of the LGBT+ community, you turn them away. If they come in not automatically saved… You turn them away. God says come as you are in many ways, yet you fail to uphold this! Not everyone can afford to come dressed up or maybe not everyone wants to come dressed up. That doesn’t make them any less willing to serve God.
If they are a part of the LGBT+, you instantly think that they are bringing sin into the house. Yes, someone can like the same gender and still be saved. It’s possible. When people like me say things like that, you instantly condemn me to hell and pull out every single verse about homosexuality without blinking twice. The same verses from a bible that praises anyone that is straight and white (to the King James Version readers). If somehow it is actually a sin… aren’t you supposed to allow sinners in the church so they can become saints? Regardless of what is right or what isn’t, you are not the judge. Only God can judge.
Again, before you go any further, this is for some churches and not all.
Another thing that plays into not being as holy as though is the lack of getting involved in the community. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24–25 NIV).” Getting involved in the community can show that you are living up to the word by going out and ministering your word to those that need it. Don’t retract from your community otherwise they’ll retract from you.
Lastly, some of y’all need to stop acting like kids and talking about one another amongst other church folk. How are you “loving thy neighbor” if you’re gossiping and ki’ing it up to someone else. This can cause division in the church and this can also show that you are a shady person with not enough time on your hands. If you really want to help them, approach them (if it’s something that bad) and pray for them. That’s all there is to it.
I love my church folks though! Y’all sure know how to put down a good praise!
But just fix or eliminate these issues and you can have a loving church open to those who need it. If you know someone who needs to see this, don’t hesitate to share it with them.
“Stay in your lane, Stop Swervin”
– Lynntesha Roberts