I believe in… the holy catholic church. Seems simple enough, right? That’s what I thought too. Then I really started to think about what that means. Do I believe in the church? I think I agree with that, but I’m not sure.
On the one hand, the church has done so much wrong in the past. I don’t have to think hard to come up with a list of the church’s sins. Just ask a “non believer” about the church and they are sure to site the crusades or the way the current church seems to judge anyone and everyone who isn’t part of their group. As an insider, I see other things that are not right. There is so much in-fighting and bickering among believers and it tears the church apart. These are serious issues that make it hard to trust and believe the church.
One the other hand, however, the church does so much right. I look around at what my church and the churches around do for their neighbors. I look at What Kim Emch and her crew is doing with SON Ministries. They feed lunch in the summer to Hilliard area students who are on a free or reduced lunch. So many kids are fed because of them. I look at Operation Christmas Child and how they give presents to those who wouldn’t get them otherwise. They get kids and their parents excited about giving to people who will never be able to say thank you.
When I weigh the difference between what is wrong with the church, and what we are doing right I am surprised by what conclusion I come to. I really think that the good can outweigh the bad in this case. I know the church has and is doing plenty of things wrong, but there is a strong contingency out there that wants to do good no matter what. I can honestly say that I believe in that part of the church. I would fight for those who are trying to accomplish what God has asked. I can back those who are acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God. And I want to help show those who aren’t the way they can change. This gets me pumped to help the further the church as Christ saw it.