I have a confession to make…I love MY church! Yes I do!
Now, I’ve read and heard others who have discouraged against making such a confession. I don’t know…maybe they don’t like their church, maybe they want to appear uber-spiritual, or maybe they genuinely have a hang up with the use of the personal pronoun MY. They argue that I should love THE church, as in every church. Or they demand that it’s not MY church, it’s Jesus’ church. I appreciate the semantics, but I’m not interested in playing that manipulation game. After all, I do love THE church. I love every church that loves Jesus, proclaims His word, and is on His mission. But that’s every church, not MY church. Please understand, I’m certainly not dissin’ your church by declaring my love for MY church. When I say I love MY wife, I’m not being negative toward your wife. It’s just that Tabitha is MY wife, I deeply love her, I am committed to her and I belong to her. I think that she is spectacular and so I declare my love for her. I am not comparing her to your wife or saying she’s better than your wife. My statement is about MY wife. It would be weird if I said I love ALL wives! I also understand that ultimately it’s Jesus’ church that I love. I don’t own Waters Edge Church, but I do have an ownership in it. It is not mine, but I am a part of it. It does not belong to me, but I do belong to it and am deeply devoted and committed to it. (By the way, I know that technically the church is not an “it” – but a living, thriving, growing, ever-changing organism known as the body of Christ, the community of faith, the family of God!) So I will declare my love for MY church. I think the body of believers, gathered under one mission in multiple locations, known as Waters Edge Church, is spectacular, beautiful, inspiring, courageous, full of faith, audacious, daring, tenacious, kind, loving, tender, authentic, focused, driven, loud and just a little bit crazy. I am committed to Waters Edge Church – it is where God has called me and I am deeply devoted to the mission and values of Waters Edge Church. So, I love MY church! And I have never loved Waters Edge Church more or been more proud of her than I am today! It’s Love Week…so let me just declare it loud and clear for everyone to hear: I LOVE MY church!