The Church Melting Pot
You can create your own church. You can surround yourself with people who you most get along and agree with that live around you. You can even create a group on social media with your closest Christ-following friends and become church through a technology driven avenue. You can be the leader of this church, or just one of the members and create someone else as the leader. You can create your own church.
A lot of people are doing this is today’s world, and the temptation is obvious. We all desire to worship with those we most agree with or those we enjoy the most or have the most in common with. We must fight that temptation thought; scripture doesn’t paint an image of the church where we have selected all the members.
The church is created of people surrounded by others, and those who are lonely.
The church is created of people who come from all different cultures, environments, and families yet somehow find ways to unite.
The church is created of people who have many different personalities and talents.
We could create the church to look as we want it to be, but that doesn’t mean it is how God wants it to be. We have to commune with people who we don’t always get along with so we can recognize the benefit of all our differences.
“And he [Jesus] gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” -Ephesians 4:11-13
Fight the urge to create your own selected church community, and instead find beauty in the incredible differences in the church Christ has created within the church in your community.