I often hear many say that they love God but not the Church, they love Jesus but not His Church. The sad thing is I don't think you can love Christ and not His Church. It was never Gods intention that people stop believing in the Church. Christ is committed to His Church and if we look back at history you will see that She is irrepressible. GK Chesterton once reflected that, “On five occasions in history the Church has gone to the dogs, but on each occasion, it was the dogs that died”.
She may not always get it right, man might occasional give her a bad name but she is God's redemptive plan here on planet earth. She has the capacity and God given power to comfort, bring community to the lonely, She builds bridges to those who search for God, She opens her arms to the forgotten, the oppressed and provides a place of belonging to the marginalised.
Maybe we should think before we criticize what Christ gave His life for.
There is too much at stake, heaven has invested heavily, God has placed His redemptive purpose on the shoulders of the Church. We (followers of Jesus) are part of something mysterious and beautiful. She is not a building "over there" but she is a community of struggling, weak people who are on a journey to and with God.
Let the sails be hoisted and the wind blow.
I love the Church. I do not want to write about the Church as a problem, a source of conflict, a place of controversy, but as the body of Christ for us here and now
- Henri Nowen