I have a question for you. What’s wrong with your church? Don’t say nothing. Sure it sounds pious and may make you appear spiritually mature…but you’re lying. No one attends a perfect church. So sound off. Let’s hear it. What’s wrong with your church?
Maybe I can help us get started. Is it the pastor? Might as well go for the jugular. Maybe he’s the problem. (if you said that she’s the problem we have a whole ‘nother set of difficulties to deal with first!) Is he too short or too tall? Maybe he’s too long-winded. Maybe he can’t keep your attention for more than ten minutes. Is he too dominant or too passive? Too emotional or not merciful enough? An out in front leader, or reclusive reader? Surely he’s got his problems. But maybe you love and support him anyway.
Ok, what about the music. Too loud? Too repetitive? Too many hymns? To contemporary? Do the drums annoy you or do you find a dark desire buried way down deep to take and axe to that old-fashioned organ? Which is more distracting the gray-haired choir in light blue robes or the twenty something with messy hair and piercings jumping around with the red electric guitar? Don’t tell me you like the worship music at your church too! (You’re awfully close to being a content Christian. Can’t have too many of those!)
How do you feel about the facilities? Are they clean enough? Nice enough? Comfortable enough? Big enough? Does the color scheme appeal to you? Are they kid-friendly or too adult-oriented. Are they located in the right zip code or do you secretly hope to re-locate so you won’t have to drive through ‘that’ neighborhood?
Do the programs work? Are there enough programs? Too many programs? Age-appropriate programs? Are there enough volunteers? Please tell me your church has enough volunteers. If not, they may ask you to volunteer thus revealing their utter incompetence because everyone knows that you are a leader and not a mere servant.
I wonder if I’ve hit on your complaint yet? We could keep going but even Olympic Softball implements a ten run mercy rule. So after the airing of our grievances against our local church let me ask another question.
What are you doing to help?
Sorry, offering ‘constructive criticism’ isn’t really a verifiable spiritual gift. I don’t need to know the name of your church or a list of its strengths and weaknesses to know that they need your help. The Apostle’s Peter & Paul tell me this. (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Pet. 4:7-11, Rom 12:3-8, 1 Cor. 12:4-27) Consider the admonishment of Peter in 1 Pet. 4:10, ‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.’
What will you do? Consider what Korah did (Numbers 16) and what Nehemiah did (Nehemiah 1-5) when faced with problems. Pick one of them to emulate. Oh, and be prepared for the consequences.