3 Reasons I Won’t Give Up on Church

“That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)Our lives are our testimonies, and mine is littered with miracles. Each of my days has begun with a new and unique sunrise, one the likes of which I’ve never seen before. Giving up on the church, to me, would be to deny the Artist who paints the sky each morning, and who writes the pages of my days with me faithfully, patiently, and providentially.You may be experiencing mixed feelings about the church. You may have experienced deep hurt or even abuse, or simply have been turned off by the vitriol and politics the church becomes caught up in emotions rise and offenses increase. The church has seen some ugly times. And yet, even in her ugliness, her infighting, her scandal and shame, Jesus still calls her his bride. Although it may be hard to see sometimes what’s so lovely about this flawed and stumbling body of believers, I won’t give up her.I won’t give up on the church because I believe in Christ Jesus, who named the church His chosen agent for bringing the good news of His Kingdom to the world.“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22-23)Photo Credit: © Getty Images