Updated: Apr 15
The church is a community that has been around for centuries, and one item that has remained constant is the fact that it is full of imperfect people. This may come as a surprise to some, who may have a romanticized notion of what the church is supposed to be, but the reality is that the church is made up of individuals who are flawed, broken, and in need of grace just like everyone else.
There are many reasons why the church is full of imperfect people, but perhaps the most fundamental is the fact that the church is made up of human beings. As the saying goes, "to err is human," and this is certainly true when it comes to the church. People make mistakes, they struggle with sin, and they are often far from perfect. This is true of everyone, whether they are a member of the clergy or a member of the congregation.
It is full of imperfect people because it is a place where broken people can come to find healing and wholeness. The church is not a place for perfect people, but rather a hospital for the spiritually sick. People come to the church with all kinds of problems, from addiction to depression to broken relationships, and they come seeking hope and help. The church is a place where people can find acceptance, forgiveness, and the support they need to overcome their struggles.
It's important to remember that the church is not just a place for people who are already "good." Jesus himself said that he did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. The church is a place where people can come as they are, no matter how broken or imperfect they may be. It is a place where people find the love and acceptance they so desperately need.
It's worth noting that the church is not just a building or an institution, but rather a community of people who are on a journey together. This journey is not always easy, and there are sure to be bumps along the way. But the beauty of the church is that it is a place where people can come together to encourage one another, to learn from one another, and to grow together in their faith.
The church is full of imperfect people because it is made up of human beings who are flawed and in need of grace. But this should not be seen as a weakness, but rather as a strength. The church is a place where broken people can come to find healing and wholeness, where people can come as they are, and where people can journey together towards a better future.
Gyms are often thought of as places where people go to work on their physical fitness, but in reality, they are also full of imperfect people. Just like the church, the gym is a place where people can come as they are, no matter what their fitness level or physical condition. Here are some of the reasons why the gym is full of imperfect people:
Physical Imperfections: No one has a perfect body, and everyone has something they want to improve on. Whether it's losing weight, building muscle, or improving flexibility, everyone at the gym has some physical imperfection they are trying to address.
Struggles with Discipline: Getting into shape requires discipline and dedication, but not everyone is naturally good at these things. Many people struggle with sticking to a workout routine, eating healthy, and avoiding temptation. The gym is a place where people can come to work on these areas of their life and get the support they need to stay on track.
Insecurities: Just like with the church, the gym can be a place where people come to find acceptance and community. Many people feel insecure about their physical appearance, and the gym can be a safe space where they can work on their body without judgment.
Seeking Inspiration: Many people come to the gym seeking inspiration from others who have achieved their fitness goals. People who have lost weight, built muscle, or improved their overall fitness can be an inspiration to others who are just starting on their fitness journey.
Improving Mental Health: Exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, and many people come to the gym to work on their mental health as well as their physical health. Whether it's to reduce stress, combat depression, or improve overall well-being, the gym is a place where people can work on their mental health alongside their physical health.
In conclusion, the gym is full of imperfect people just like the church is full of imperfect people. People come to the gym for a variety of reasons, but they all share a desire to improve themselves and their lives. The gym is a place where people can come to find support, encouragement, and inspiration, and where they can work on both their physical and mental health. It is a place where people can come as they are, imperfections and all, and work towards a better version of themselves.
It is not fair to call imperfect people hypocrites simply because they are imperfect. The reality is that everyone is imperfect and flawed in some way. In the context of the gym, just because someone is overweight or out of shape, for example, does not make them a hypocrite for going to the gym to work on their fitness.
Similarly, in the context of the church, just because someone struggles with a particular sin or moral failing does not make them a hypocrite for attending church and striving to live a better life. Hypocrisy is when someone says one thing and does another, or when they claim to have certain beliefs or values but act in a way that contradicts those beliefs or values.
The fact that the gym and the church are both full of imperfect people is a reminder that we are all on a journey towards self-improvement. Rather than judging or labeling others as hypocrites, we should aim to extend grace and compassion to one another as we work through our flaws and imperfections.
It is important to acknowledge that there may be some people who attend the gym or the church for the wrong reasons, such as to impress others or to maintain a certain image. However, it is not fair to generalize and assume that everyone who attends is a hypocrite. Rather than focusing on others, we should focus on our own journey towards self-improvement and strive to be kind, understanding, and accepting towards others, regardless of their flaws or imperfections.
Join us at Center Church as we, imperfect humans, are seeking the perfect love of our Lord JESUS.
Pastor Clark Ortiz
Senior Pastor - Center Church, Pharr Texas