A Church Without A Soul
I remember my church as being spiritual on this inside, but not very spiritual on the outside. Until I got into the politics of church, I felt welcomed as I built my new little family behind me. But they, as my family, turned in my time of need. Few if any thought of visitation, it was mostly left to the pastor. Few thought of the new members that we would often go and sit next to. I remember two new members in particular who, when we took the time to notice them, thanked us for acknowledging them. You can't see the innards of a church at first. Become a member of the family though and you can see it all. Whether or not you choose to be part of that kind of church is up to you. But I don't believe God had that kind of worship in mind. Everyone talking about you before hand and then going into church to pray next to you.
There are times that we get angry with one another. It is hard to worship next to someone you are angry with, but it is done. Getting pushed out of a church by members who set their sights on you and no church member standing in your defense after you've given your all to them is just wrong. It happens all the time. They are of the world. They are not of the Church of Christ, that which is within us. The only one holding that church together was its pastor who everyone complained about. The pastor left, the church fell apart, and they are still floundering for permanent pastor after four years in the wilderness. Thats what happens to a soulless church.
Those who seek the truth will find each other. It doesn't have to happen in a church.