I’m starting to mull over people who attend church and how they follow after. I admit, I’ve blindly followed at times. I want to be lazy, I want to sit and relax. I want to just eat and not study. I clump with others at times, and this causes problems when I line up with the wrong crowd.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that people react and run. If things are revealed to be wrong, we can leap wildly in the other direction. In college, I recall a man who went from a charismatic style church group straight into Wicca, and then into another church group. He jumped from one thing to another, or the guys I knew who jumped from a controlling group into the gay lifestyle. But it doesn’t even have to be that extreme. I mean, it can be that one might jump from one denomination to another, or from one leader to another. It is easy to abandon one whole set of beliefs or people just because of some bad things/bad people and not really think about why. I’ve done it, I’ve seen it.
I think the key is to remember that we people are sinners, our reactions can be prideful, can be sinful, even if we are right in realizing a bad church, a bad situation. It is not wrong to point out the error, and to run from it. When doing so though, I need to keep in mind where I am running to. (this is not to say the church I am in is bad or that our family ran to something bad. I don’t believe we have…just that it is very easy to react rather than to stop, pray, and think about things. It is also easy to paint everything with a broad brush because I don’t see the whole picture).