"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:11
A lot can be learned in one episode of Sesame Street. Today, everyone on the street suffered from "mine-itis". No one wanted to share. Everywhere Elmo turned, someone was snatching something away from him and saying, "MINE!".
Sometimes I think we suffer from "mine-itis" when we think of our church.....our church...OUR music....OUR ministry...it's really God's church, isn't it?
It's easy to get sidetracked into thinking that we'll only participate in activities that go along with all our ideas exactly. Some people will go so far as to leave a church, because they can't get it to conform to THEIR desires. But, what does God desire from us?
I think he wants a church full of people who deeply care for one another, and truly enjoy "doing life together". I've been hurt by people who go to my church...in every church I've ever been to....AND every school, grocery store, etc. as well. Life would be rather dull if we didn't have ups and downs. It feels good to have a church "home" where there are people who are deeply concerned for you. Even if there are some who aren't.
In summary, "church" is really just a group of people who come together to fellowship and get through life....while offering up their Praise to our Creator.