Real Church Hurts
By J. Brooke Fenwick
Real church hurts
When Sunday morning worship gets stale
When you realize that there is more than that weekly sermon
When you finally give up on finding the perfect place that scratches your spiritual itch
When you get past the pre-packaged, “We’ve got all the answers” theology
When you get past the superficial smiles and discover real people you don’t like
When you learn to humbly wash the feet of the arrogant, proud, and hypocritical
When you commit yourself to being there for those who are not there for you
When you start to strip off the protective layers, making the real you known
When you are forced to look past your prejudices and see the heart of another
When you choose to lay down your life for someone who doesn’t deserve it
1) Do you agree with Brooke's assessment? Why or why not?
2) Do you find it difficult to be real with people? Is it more (or less) difficult for you at church?
3) Were there specific portions of Brooke's poem that seem particularly true in your life?
4) Holly sez: As a teen, I expected my church to have all the answers about God. Many Christian adults acted like they did. These days, I'm content to be in a church that's willing to have questions about God--as long as it is ever pursuing answers in its efforts to draw closer to God.
What are some questions you have about God and faith? Do you feel more frustrated or more excited when you discuss these questions with others?