A Small Epiphany about the Church
The epiphany? That the Church, at its heart, and at its best, really is all about trying to help people. A friend had been telling me about a university faculty meeting he had been in. He had left feeling discouraged, because he felt like some senior faculty members were not willing to give certain junior faculty members a fair chance. He was saddened by the cutthroat, arbitrary attitude of certain professors towards their younger colleagues.
He compared that experience with what he saw happening every Sunday in leadership meetings at church. He said, “We spend hours talking about how we can help people who are struggling. There’s no sense of people trying to tear others down. All we want to do is help.”
This core, basic truth about how the Church (optimally) works on a local level was good for me to hear.
Yes, in my ideal world, women would be in all those leadership meetings. Yes, in my ideal world, certain Church rhetoric would be softened (e.g. ‘us vs. the world’). In my ideal world, several things would change.
I don’t forget my hopes and dreams for those changes. But I also will try to not forget the altruistic, Christian objectives that quietly drive so many Church meetings and activities.