"What if every member of your church said, "What would I do without my church family?" Interesting I thought as I mused over the statement. Some define family as mother, father, sister, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Webster’s Dictionary defines family to be "a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head." However defined, there is one common thread that connects us all, within the church it’s Christ. Referring back to the speaker’s quote, do we have the same camaraderie with our brothers and sisters in the church as we do with our family members? With Christ as a common interest, shouldn’t there be some real love there?
Most people look at the church as a hospital rather than a "house" of worship. We get fed by the word, on occasion meet people then leave only to return for periodic biblical check-ups. Some disassociate themselves altogether, showing up only for special occasions: Easter, New Years and Mother’s Day. Some hope to find the missing link like acceptance and love among the body of believers due to their own family lives being slightly dysfunctional. Whereas others choose to cling to their church body. Some people are even closer to members of their church than they are to their blood relatives. Every church is different just as every family is different. A proper functioning church family shows love, support, encouragement and correction. There will be differences but it’s the unity caused by the spirit of love that should always win whenever we don’t see eye to eye. Don’t let conflict cousins: Backbiting, Gossip, Jealousy, or Strife mess up our church family as it can with our biological one. Embrace your church family or let your church family embrace you. No one church is perfect but God is and it’s His house.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1 (NKJV)